Images from Math and Nature
Mathematicians have long known that patterns can form when certain types of mathematical equations are iterated millions of times over and the results are graphed. The process of iteration is where the result of a solved equation is plugged back at the starting point and solved again. A modern PC is able to perform this iteration very quickly. Using colorizing software these patterns, called fractals, can readily be generated and appreciated.
This website features galleries of fractal images that I have generated; it also features photographs of nature scenes that I have taken. These two sets of images may seem very dissimilar, but there is a real connection.
The nature photographs on this site are varied. Many do not show nature’s fractal patterns. Along with photos of local scenery and flora there are however some that feature subjects with a fractal geometry. Examples are the structure of a fern, ice formations, river turbulence as evidenced by foam and drainage patterns in beach sand. I hope to present more images of this type with updates to this site. I also enjoy nature images with an abstract or painterly aspect to them. I hope I am successful in here sharing with you nature’s patterns of form and color.
I hope that you enjoy the images on this website. Feel free to save them on your hard drive. The fractal images are sized to allow their use for monitor wallpaper. The images are, however, copyrighted and are not to be used for any commercial venture without my approval.
High quality prints of the images on this site are available for sale.
I wish to thank Stephen Ferguson for creating his freeware program Tierazon. All fractals were generated with this software. No images were added to the fractals by post processing.
Thanks also go out to Joe Mulvey for the design and construction of this web site, and to Scott Whittemore, my photography mentor.
Special thanks also to Noel Lion for first recognizing, and helping to bring out, the artist in me.