A special type of broccoli, this cruciferous and tasty cousin of the cabbage is a particularly symmetrical fractal. Cook it for your favorite mathematician.
Images via red dirt road and travelblogThe fern is one of many flora that are fractal; it’s an especially good example.
6. Queen Anne’s Lace
Image via ChrisjfryThe delicate Queen Anne’s Lace, which is really just wild carrot, is a beautiful example of a floral fractal. Each blossom produces smaller iterative blooms. This particular image was shot from underneath to demonstrate the fractal nature of the plant.
Image via American FeastThough not as famously geometric as its relative the Romanescu, broccoli is also a fractal.
Images via National Geographic and NeatoramaMales of both the white peacock and standard peacock variety are resplendent examples of fractals in the animal kingdom. Trivia: the white peacock is not an albino.
Image via Free WallpaperThe pineapple is an unusual fruit that is, in fact, a fractal. Though often associated with Hawaii the fruit is a native of southern Brazil.
Image via daily dose of imagery and Allan FergusonLook outside your window – you may see a fractal cloud at any moment.
Images via gdargaud, Indigo Society, ESRF and DesignerBoth chemically-formed crystals and ice and frost crystals are breathtaking examples of fractals in nature.
12. Mountain ranges
13. Trees and Leaves
Images via timalbertson, Yale, enchanter, background wallpaperFrom the macro view of a leaf to the span of a tree’s branches, fractals turn up frequently.
Image via Today is a good dayThis stunningly complex fractal shoreline is none other than the pan handle of Florida.
15. Rivers and fjords
Images via Today is a good day and e-picworldFrom the midwest of the United States to the icy fjords of Norway, fractals are often viewed by airline passengers – these particular travelers were savvy enough to snap photographs.
16. Sea urchins and sea stars
Images via jurvetson and curious animalsSea urchins are compact, almost artistic little creatures; sea stars are more commonly referred to as starfish.
17. Stalagmites and stalactites
Images via wikimedia, Yale and Good Earth GraphicsBy now you know that stalagmites shoot up from the ground while stalactites form overhead.
Amazing fractal configurations all. The links at the beginning of this post are highly recommended as they are a great start to exploring even more wondrous natural and artificial fractals.