The reason I chose this image,


is because it is a tree, generated by fractals.

Interesting show I saw on Nova about Fractals. here called "Hunting the Hidden Dimension.

Very intriguing stuff.

If any of you are unfamiliar with the book The Fractal Geometry of Nature by Benoit Mandelbrot, you should really look into it.

Benoit Mandelbrot is a Professor of Mathematical Science at Yale.

From the Wikipedia Article:

Approximate fractals are easily found in nature. These objects display self-similar structure over an extended, but finite, scale range. Examples include clouds, snow flakes, crystals, mountain ranges, lightning, river networks, cauliflower or broccoli, and systems of blood vessels and pulmonary vessels. Coastlines may be loosely considered fractal in nature.

Trees and ferns are fractal in nature and can be modeled on a computer by using a recursive algorithm. This recursive nature is obvious in these examples—a branch from a tree or a frond from a fern is a miniature replica of the whole: not identical, but similar in nature. The connection between fractals and leaves are currently being used to determine how much carbon is contained in trees. This connection is hoped to help determine and solve the environmental issue of carbon emission and control.

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Have you seen the thread on postmo called OT Another Fall Photo Thread?
I enjoyed Peter Mary's and Jeff comments toward the end that it wasn't off topic at all.
No I didn't see that thread but I'll check it out. It's not really fall here yet. The leaves have not started turning yet and we have not had to turn the heat up yet, but my kids are starting to complain.
Are you watching The National Parks? Awesome. I'll try to dig up some of the Muir quotes Burns is using and share them here. Very spiritual.

Great thread!  

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