Saturday, February 26, 2005

Beautiful Noise

It is now late summer and the weather is beautiful. The days are gorgeous and warm but I think the last of the humidity has passed. Life is good. The cicadas are in full song at the moment. Went for a walk today and could hear them most of the time. The trees and wooden fences in my area are littered with the casings that they leave when they moult.

Below, in all its glory, is an adult cicada. I think they are beautiful. Not everyone agrees!

Cicada

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Ghost Flower

Life is starting to get busy again. Have been booked for four days this week and its only Wednesday! Never mind. Work is good. Getting paid is better.

The voting is on for the Chaoscope monthly contest. One of the entries is mine.

Below is another fractal. It took a while to render but the wait was worth it. I have called it "Ghost Flower".

Ghost Flower

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Infinite Pretzel

Turns out that Chaoscope has a really cool solid rendering mode used to creation the image below.

Infinite Pretzel

Thursday, February 17, 2005

My 3p Worth

A while back, Tracy, of Artsy Science fame blogged about how on the back of a penny, you can see Lincoln's statue in the Lincoln Memorial. His Penny Wise post gathered quite a few comments.

Over here in NZ, we don't have 1c denominations and when I visited the States last year, those little copper coloured coins drove me nuts. I kept being called back by over zealous store people because I was leaving without my "change" of two or three pennies.

Needless to say, I was delighted to discover that places like the Smithsonian Museums and Disney Land obviously share my disdain for the penny, as they actively encourage one to squash them.

I would have squashed more pennies if they had not charged an extra 50c (US) for the privilege. Below, are my three squashed penny souvenirs. The one on the top right is from EPCOT center, sadly it is not as clear as the ones from the Natural History Museum and "Air and Space".

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Three squashed Pennies

Monday, February 14, 2005

Valentines Day

I loathe Valentine's Day, especially as it is a made up holiday whose purposes are as follows:

  • To make guys feel guilty
  • To sell flowers / candy at super inflated prices
  • To remind those of us who are still single, how alone / hopeless we are

Today's sole redeeming feature is the fact that it is a great excuse to post some heart shaped fractals.

The artwork below is dedicated to all you singletons out there who hate Valentines day as much as I do. Click on the pictures to enlarge them, then use your back button to get return to this blog.

Pink Smokey Heart White Smokey Heart

Friday, February 11, 2005

Glass Bowl

The image below is, believe it or not, a fractal. It was created using Chaoscope, which is a free, easy to use fractal generator.

Glass Bowl Fractal

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Everyday Miracle II

The Monarch's are beginning to emerge from their chrysalis, so being insanely determined to capture the process, I "camped out" yesterday alongside one of the "shrink wrapped butterflies" and waited. The wait was rewarded and the pictures below are the result.

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Green chrysalis Dark green chrysalis Black chrysalis Coming Out
Coming Out Coming Out Coming Out Coming Out
Coming Out Coming Out Coming Out Coming Out
Almost Done Almost Done Almost Done
Drying Wings Drying Wings

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Green Comfort

For some reason I found this fractal rather comforting.

For the record, it is raining. Surprise surprise.

Green Comfort Fractal

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Star Fish

This is an old fractal that I rediscovered. It looks three dimensional because of the very cool "emboss" feature that comes with Tierazon.

Stafish Fractal