23 Feb 2011

Floral Geometry

If we ever got tempted by the belief that lines, curves, symmetry, repeated patterns and angles abiding to some form of geometrical logic (Fibonacci) were associated to the realm of the man-made (translated pragmatically and/ or artistically through architecture and design), let's pause for a moment; nature too has cultivated the idea of order and linearity to serve its own purposes, let's just take a look at the vegetal world...


Source: Above pictures featured in the Photography section of National Geographic, Patterns in Nature: Flora. (1) Giant Lobelia (Mount Kilimanjaro's Shira Plateau in Tanzania), by George F. Mobley, (2) Sunflower Florets, by Jozsef Szentpeteri, (3) Hair Cap Moss (found virtually worldwide), by Rich Reid, (4) Prickly Pear Cactus (Galapagos Islands), by Tim Laman, and (5) Hairpin Banksia (native to Eastern Australia), by Jason Edwards. Find out more fascinating illustrated facts about floral geometry, from Espace Graphique.

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