Amazing Fractals found in Nature

fractal design on a leaf

Fractals have always captivated me, the intricacy of the patterns which can be infinitely complex in nature and simple at the same time.

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Fractal flowers at Valley of Flowers in Uttaranchal

Its like a fragment of an object that is self-similar to the whole, and when you realize that such fractal patterns or better known as, building blocks of God, are all around us, it will leave you amazed – clouds, trees, plants, mountain ranges, various vegetables or shorelines, snow flakes, lightning bolts etc.

Of course there are several fractal generating softwares that can help you create fractals and play around with them, but nothing like spotting patterns in nature. We have compiled a collection of photos taken by us during our trips, that knowingly or unknowingly, represent Fractals.

Flowers

One of the beautiful creations of nature – flowers – can be fractals as well, and they add another dimension to the whole landscape.

Red multi petaled flower
Red multi petaled flower
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A beautiful lotus
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Bunch of flowers each bunch has the same pattern and so does every tiny flower

Fruits/Vegetables

The repetitive patterns are also found in fruits and vegetables, and are often overlooked.

Fractals in nature - Pineapple fruit
Fractals in Pineapple
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Patterns on Jackfruit

Bitter Gourd might not be a popular vegetable, but it certainly is a perfect example of fractals in nature.

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Bitter Gourd, a fine example of Fractals

Broccoli is another vegetable displaying spiral patterns of fractal that simply looks stunning.

Plants/Trees

Something as simple as a leaf can have fractals in it, like the one below, a macro shot of the leaf shows the veins forming an irregular, recurrent pattern.

fractal design on a leaf
Fractals on a Leaf
Fractal fern
Fractal Fern
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Wild plant is it a Mandelbrot or Julia?

This one is my favorite, which I came across in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The crown of individual trees (Dryobalanops aromatica or Camphor tree) form a puzzle-like pattern. This phenomena is called the ‘Crown Shyness’ because the tip of the leaves appear to shy away from each other, leaving gaps of few inches.

Crowns of trees forming fractals
Crowns of trees forming Fractals

The branching tree form fractals as well.

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Branching pattern of a tree

Fractal Mountains

This is a beautiful example of fractals on the mountain range.

Its a lovely picture when you look closely at the rising moon in the background, top left, the moving cloud and fractals to enhance the view.

fractal mountain range
Fractular Mountains you can see three large peaks and then three small ones on the left of the larger ones! Beautiful 🙂

Clouds

If you observe the skies regularly, its likely to chance upon something like this. The majestic view of the setting sun with fractal clouds, a picture perfect moment captured in Mumbai.

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Fractals in the sky

Insect

Caterpillar chewing on a leaf slowly and steadily, it finished quite a bit in a day.

recurrent design on a caterpillar
Caterpillar on a leaf, each segment is a perfect reproduction, the geometry of the universe!
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