fractals

I recently had a philosophical conversation with a friend that meandered toward the topic of fractals, as so often happens. He defined a fractal thusly: "A system wherein a pattern or a series of patterns repeat themselves at every scale of the system. This scale is infinite and the resulting complexity is infinite." Then he gave me all kinds of wonderful examples of fractals that exist in the natural world, the point being that fractals are ubiquitous, much more than ubiquitous, and likely the answer to the meaning of life and all the questions we've ever had about anything. I have since done some research to find other wonderful examples of fractals, and I present some of them here.

romanesco broccoli, tree trunk cross-section, snowflake, lightning bolt

romanesco broccoli, tree trunk cross-section, snowflake, lightning bolt

tendril, dendrite, seashell, leaf

tendril, dendrite, seashell, leaf

queen anne's lace, dragonblood trees, aloe plant, hurricane

queen anne's lace, dragonblood trees, aloe plant, hurricane