Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Not just another pretty face...

Behind the Sunflower

A Golden Spiral

Look deep into this sunflower.
Do you see it?

The perfection of a Fibonacci Spiral--
the resulting form of an arc drawn connecting the corners of squares whose sides progress in the Fibonacci sequence, an order in which each new number is the sum of the previous two.
Like the Chambered Nautilus or the whorl of seeds on a pine cone.
The order in nature leaves with us a beauty that is more than just another pretty face.


Sunflower seed head

The Fibonacci Spiral


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23 comments:

Reader Wil said...
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Reader Wil said...

Fantastic flowers! Very great macro! I love sunflowers! Have a great week!

Janie said...

Fascinating that nature reflects the order of mathematics... or vice versa!

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic flowers indeed and great macro shot! Beautiful!

Enjoy the day!
Sylvia

photowannabe said...

Fantastic macro and fascinating information. That's what I love about blogging. There is always something new to learn.

Carol said...

It's interesting what each person sees in everything. I would have noticed the bee.

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Rita said...

Wow! the sunflower is a beautiful flower and you have shown such detail in all these photos! That close up is stunning.

Anna said...

A great take on the letter F :)

Nature Lovin' Super Mama said...

wow beautiful and stunning. I love the photo of the middle of the flower, very original! :)

Beverley Baird said...

Beautiful shots! I love the different angles of the sunflower!
Great info too.

Roger Owen Green said...

fine flowers.

giggles said...

Huh! I was just looking at the "backside" of a cosmos thinking what a beautiful picture it would be.... You beat me to it! Nice job! All of your photos are beautiful, as usual...

scienceguy288 said...

Another beautiful example of mathemtatics in nature. I have recently become fascinated with fractals. Very interesting implications in nature. I'll post about it soon.

Leslie: said...

Fantabulous shots! :D

Tumblewords: said...

Fibonacci spiral, indeed. Sunflowers are so fascinating! Terrific photos!

Grace and Bradley said...

I think geneticists and mathematicians have spent a great deal of time to solved the formula of inside the Sunflowers. One of nature's marvel, but perfectly fitted into mathematics equation.

kikamz said...

Isn't it fascinating that even flowers follow a certain order? God indeed is an awesome Creator. I love your shots!

Kathiesbirds said...

Beautiful photography Nina!

Jay said...

It's very beautiful - and very clever of you to combine two F's like that!

I knew about the Fibonacci series, having a son with a passing interest in maths and an excellent memory, and I've always been fascinated by the way patterns are repeated and echoed in nature, like lungs, trees, seaweeds etc all having the same structure. Clouds and sand ripples, too.

You illustrated it so well, and your photos are composed so nicely, too!

Granny Smith said...

I had never seen the Fibonacci sequence expressed in flowers! This are great photos. I like the way you hone into the heart of the sunflower.

Cicero Sings said...

Sunflowers really are beauties and you've captured them at their best. I have 3 growing ... planted by the birds.

Deborah Godin said...

A lovely shot, and one of my very favorite subjects - Fibonacci in nature, everywhere!!

~JarieLyn~ said...

Nice macro shots. Very lovely.