Chaotic Utopia

Friday Fractal Nostalgia

I’d be hard pressed to choose a favorite from all of the fractals I’ve done as a Friday Feature. I started the feature in April of last year, after playing around with a fractal toy that a friend of mine built. Since then, I’ve created a piece of nature-inspired fractal art nearly every week. I’ve pasted them all into one block here, with a few abstract fractals included in the bottom row:


(Descriptions and links can be found beneath the fold)

In the first column, from top to bottom, are 1. Ammonite (which was also 15), 2. Red Spot Jr., 3. Rose, 4. Reflection of the Sun, 5. Grasshopper, 6. Lady Beetle, 7. Robin, 8. Spider Web, and 9. Honey Bee. In the second column are 10. Panning for Gold, 11. Butterfly (Woodland Skipper), 12. Rainbow, 13. Dandelion, 14. Water Lily, 17. Hurricane John, 18. Great Sand Dune Ripples, 19. Rings of a Cottonwood Tree, and 20. Aspen Leaves. In the third column are 21. Harvest Moon, 22. Mammoth Hot Springs, 23. Moss Frog, 24. Eutrephoceras, 25. Broccoli Romanesco, 26. Fallen Snow, 27. Snowy Branch, and 29. Colorado Snow. In the bottom section, clockwise from center, are a Buddhabrot, Freaky Fractals (Monster, Jack O’Lantern, Raven), Christmas Ball Wada Basins, 16. Illusions in Lavender, Flag, 9/11 Memorial, and 28. Roland’s Fractal.

That’s all of them. I suppose if I was forced to pick a few which I thought stood out above the rest, I’d choose Red Spot Jr., the dandelion or the moss frog. Honestly, I love them all… and all of the fractals I’ve yet to imitate. They surround us, not only in natural forms like rocks, or plants, or crystals of snow, but in our imaginations, our art, and our culture. I like to fancy that each form is, in itself, a part of a larger fractal. I may never be able to capture the complex essence of that grand form, but I enjoy creating a small tribute to a single part, when given the chance.

Most, but not all, images were created by the author. Please, check the individual entries for proper credits. Fractals (with the exception of the Wada basins) were made using ChaosPro.


  1. #1 J
    January 5, 2007

    Think I like the “Hurricane John” fractal the best. You have said how difficult it is to try and recreate mother nature. So, maybe this shows us how awesome, complex, and more powerful than man the patterns of nature really are. Nice one.

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