Day 83: Something Beautiful—Fractals

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.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Day 83: Something Beautiful—Fractals

  1. Bea Neal says:

    Very beautiful.

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