Spider spiral


This beautiful photo by Kindra Clineff catches nature one-upping human craftsmanship. I can just hear that spider piping "neener neener neener". Also, it's a perfect follow-up to Christobal Vila's graceful animation about math in nature, which has now officially gone spiral-viral.

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By Mike Olson (not verified) on 26 Mar 2010 #permalink

LIKE! Awesome photo - thanks for posting it for all of us to enjoy.

is it ok if i use your picture of the spider spiral for one of my art projects? :) i'd like to draw it.