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frozen fractal forests

frozen fractal forests
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Copyright: Bob Harrison (BobH) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-17
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Frozen nature, Ice in any shape! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-17 0:41
Viewed: 3882
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The fractal nature of trees is well known and provides the basis for some realistic computer generated landscapes. Ice likewise is often fractal in its crystal growth. So what happens when these two seemingly unconnected things intersect?

This composite image shows what that intersection looks like. On the left is a view across Cape Elizabeth's largest salt marsh after an ice storm last winter. It's pretty standard stuff around here- naked trees with trunks and large branches appearing dark, the smaller top branches ice sheathed and glinting in the sun, a row of ice coated marsh grasses in the foreground, nearly uniform gray sky and silver clouds in the background.

On the right is a view of ice crystals formed on the inside of the storm window of my bedroom (the same window of my earlier post "Ice Art 2"). The area shown is roughly 20 cm wide.

Can there be any question still about the similarity of the fractal nature of trees and ice crystals?

Such is the power of fractal mathematics that it can readily capture two such different phenomena- or are they really that different?

tech note- both were cropped and had significant contrast enhancement

note added 12-18-08
full frame originals of both images posted in workshop

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To LordPotty: fractalnessBobH 1 04-11 12:02
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Hi Bob!

Your assembly of two pictures is very interesting, although I'd love to see each one at full size because both would be worth it! Your comparison is exciting, and I never would be able to look at it with the eyes of a mathematician. For me, everything concerning nature is poetic and emotional.

It seems that you live at a place with much cold. A place I certainly would love. Thnks for dsharing these two magical picture with us.

Kind regards


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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-17 12:47]

i like your abstract ideea.
thanks for sharing

Hi Bob,
That is a very striking resemblance of the frozen tree and the ice crystals. You even got it down in perfection with a land mass at the bottom and a sky full of clouds on top. How mother nature can surprise us with the pieces of art.

That certainly is amazing Bob!
I've always known that fractal patterns recur throughout the world of nature.
This illustrates that perfectly.
Great work!

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