Mud Drying Over a Rock Creates a Fractal Pattern

    Newer Older

    Whatever the math, the shallower the mud, the faster the drying, the smaller the patterns and thus, like so many other metapatterns in nature, one gets the feeling that there is an underlying pattern which spiritually minded mathematicians fascinated by Chaos Theory have called "The Thumbprint of God"

    TrombaMarina, pjsixft ("PJ"), and 57 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    View 15 more comments

    1. wordspix 115 months ago | reply

      Amazing! Thanks for letting us see it!

    2. roddh 114 months ago | reply

      wow! beyond incredible.
      I think this is the best example of a natural fractal that I have ever seen. So perfect.

    3. Pictoscribe 114 months ago | reply

      Thank you very much, roddh for your remarks. You see what I saw at that moment....the math of fractals in action in the drying mud. The desert is such an awesome teacher....so much has been taken away, that what is left is so much more intense, and beautiful in its own way.

    4. hermitdog42 106 months ago | reply

      I agree with roddh that this is the best photo of a natural fractal I've seen - - especially because you have captured in a small space two "basins" (the left and right sides of the photo) as well as the gradations of emergence of order which we name "fractal." FINE job!

    5. Pictoscribe 106 months ago | reply

      Thanks Tom, it's a pleasure to have you on board.

    6. malulymb 106 months ago | reply

      Very impressive, I wish I could take pictures as good as that!

    7. zphoto 103 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot!

    8. brewbooks 103 months ago | reply

      pictoscribe,

      What a remarkable photo. Being attracted to patterns and fractals, both natural and artificial, this image really appealed to me.

      BTW - I found in searching for "Theory of Mind". I am just glad I found it.

    9. hans solcer 99 months ago | reply

      prachtig, prachtig

    10. www.kasimetcalfe.com 96 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Art of Science, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. gripspix (OFF) 95 months ago | reply

      Fantastic! An absolute fave! Thank you for posting!

      Seen in MINAS!

    12. S.Fauth 92 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fractal Art Gallery, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. CSQ 89 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Poligonos de desecación, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. christian.potential 82 months ago | reply

      As peculiar as it gets! ... Strange - exciting ... beautiful.

    15. darthjenni 81 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cracked Earth, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. Franck Vervial 80 months ago | reply

      Fantasctic ! I would like know how long is it (with the exif I could know with the focus..). I love this fractal like. Bravo !

    17. Pictoscribe 80 months ago | reply

      I would estimate that from top to bottom (That is when it's vertical) it is about 2.5 to 4 feet...it has been four years since I took the photo.

    keyboard shortcuts: previous photo next photo L view in light box F favorite < scroll film strip left > scroll film strip right ? show all shortcuts