Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.
A spring snow storm is due here Sunday. Or so they say today. March on its own is a schizophrenic season. Spring one day. Winter for a few. Summer may come for a week. Autumn is the only thing you won’t see in March.
Why the focus on fractals this first week of spring? Snowflakes. The storm talk brought images of the huge white lace doilies that floated through my Saturday sky a few weeks ago. I imagined their intricate designs. Natural fractals.
Named by french mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot in 1975, a “fractal” is a rough
or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole, a property called “self-
I searched for a snow fractal and found much more — images of other natural fractals, manmade fractals, and fractal art. Maybe I’ve still got borealis residue in my cranial cracks, but I stopped looking for snowflakes when I found this cross-section of a chambered nautilus. Yes, I’m a slave to the curved lines but that subtle mother of pearl irridescent background is — simply—beautiful.