Interesting Patterns and Fractals from Nature

Inspiration July 29, 2011

Beautiful patterns surround us. You can see them on trees, clouds, on bodies of water. You can even see them on plants, on animals and on our very skin. The very tips of our fingers prove just that. There is also no doubt that patterns are just as mysterious as they are beautiful. In fact, there are some patterns that are so perfect that they self-replicate. To be technical, some patterns are fractal in nature.

Fractal or not, patterns give us something more to admire and wonder about. For today, let’s see how they come into play in design through this round-up of patterns as seen in nature. After all, what better place is there to find design inspiration?

 

Cross-Sectioned Shells

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Fossils of Ammonite Shells

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Snow Flakes

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Corals

 

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Romanesco Brocolli

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Fractures in Ice

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Glacier

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Electrons on the Edge

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Strawberry

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Spiderweb

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Cabbage

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Peacock Feathers

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Kiwi

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Ice Cave Ceiling

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Pink Whirls

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Sandstone Patterns in Cave

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Parrotfish Scales

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Sandbars, Australia

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Giant Lobelia

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Paris Canyon Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona

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Rock Formation

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Coral

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Terraced Hill

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Bois Mang Tree

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Sunflower

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Starfish

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Stargazer

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Corals

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Fern Leaves

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Castor Bean Leaf

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Necklace Sea Star

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Antelope Canyon

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Clouds

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Geranium Bud

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Birds Nest Fungus

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Moss

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Water Droplets

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Leah is a graphic artist, pen and ink enthusiast, muralist, poet and blogger. As a child, she has adored the pen over Barbie. She can write backwards and knows that bit of info has nothing to do with design. She's been writing regularly for YouTheDesigner since January of 2011 (not backwards!) and has loved every second of it.

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  • http://tintation.com Vladimir

    Very beautiful God’s creations.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://about.me/jonathanrichard Jon

    Woah, this is massive!

  • Chris

    I think you have to see this video on vimeo.
    http://www.vimeo.com/9953368

    • Leah

      Such an amazing video! It makes me appreciate nature all the more. Thanks for the link, Chris.

  • http://www.petsparkle.co.uk misha

    Great reminder of an amazing world we live in :-)

  • http://www.presentationdesign.org Dejan

    The wonders of nature never cease to amaze us :) Simply beautiful.

  • KAY ONWUKWE

    This is GRRREEEEEAAAATTT. I love it.