To compare this evening’s fractal with nature, take a walk. Look beyond the scaling patterns in the autumn leaves, the branching trees, the billowing clouds, and up into the darkness of space. If the time is right, you’ll see a familiar shape, similar to the following image. This, of course, isn’t a photograph, but a computer-generated set of patterns based on numbers. This Julia Set has been trapped within a spherical shape and slightly randomized, then highlighted with nature’s palette:
In case you can’t find the Harvest Moon in the sky tonight, try this picture, taken by Bev Brink in 2003:
For more information about the Harvest Moon, visit NASA’s article, Strange Moonlight.
All fractals made by the author using ChaosPro