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Fractal Flames spark the imagination

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Retired school teacher, professional stained glass artist, and Webshots member sclark14 created these beautiful Fractal Flames with the latest version of Apophysis 2.0--a freeware Windows application with which you can design and render fractal flames.

Click on each image for a full-size version.

Compiled by: Bill Detwiler

You can see more of fractal and strange attractor images in these TechRepublic galleries:

© Webshots - sclark14

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54 comments
rnsoni_in
rnsoni_in

Excellant work. Hats off you

rtschmidt35
rtschmidt35

Did you just use Apophysis or something else too? Awesome art! Thanks for sharing!

kpfair
kpfair

Cooler than my spirograph, just wired! Maybe I can score some chics with it, like, "come up to my place and check out my fractals"?

albant1
albant1

Amazing. Moves atavic feelings inside that are hard or impossible to explain

lfschrawyer1
lfschrawyer1

The images do spike ones imagination as to what the images say to them. I have quite a few favorites

dfarrich
dfarrich

Excellent work. My son is into this stuff too. I understand it takes a lot of processor power to render these things.

rothenmr
rothenmr

Breathtaking and beyond imagination.

kim.kayholiday
kim.kayholiday

Way to cool, awsome, never seen anything like this before.

celticwinddancer
celticwinddancer

Absolutely Stunning!!! I Just Love Fractals......they are deeper than a kolidescope, and even more Amazing!!! Blessed be, kelly

jeffreyb
jeffreyb

Math in its most beautiful form is just fantastic and inspiring!

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

With a high knowledge of math and script.Probably stolen---

Argustar2
Argustar2

"For His invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world's creation onward . . . so that they are inexcusable"

Interfearon
Interfearon

Some Of the Most Stunning I have seen

axg
axg

I feel privileged to view such wonderful creations

PhilippeV
PhilippeV

You can immediately see why fractals are so beautiful: they are everywhere in the nature, andnature is so beautiful because we highly depend on them. They are also sobeautoful because of the perfection of mathematics from which they are derived. This has a conclusion: nature is so perfect that we can't finish studying it, even though it is based on fundamentally simple rules thatwe have still not completely discovered. Which fractals do you find the most beautiful? those that are the nearest from the fundamentl rulesfrom which they are derived, or that exhibit clearly a part of these rulesbyshowing repetition of patterns and clear structures. Really, this workis marvellous, because it can demonstrate many levels of regularity simultaneously, in a way similar to what wecansee in nature (nature is even more perfect because it combines many more levels of patterns). I'd like to see some works from this authors, trying to model some other marvelous natural features like clouds, flowers, trees, hair and skins of animals (and humans). This could be useful for common applications we use today to give more realism: notably for 3D modeling in architecture, in games... I think this is possible, but may be the beauty of this work is that it creates a second nature, totally different from it but so similar: it's the place from imagination and dreams, the place for artists.

pcbrooks
pcbrooks

I'm pretty sure that Fabbers would be able to make these images a physical reality in some medium...

amj2010
amj2010

it be must an intelligence out of this world that has created the universe in the 1st place others call Him G_D.

magnaverse
magnaverse

Awesome work would like to see more does she have a website? Magna

fumerop
fumerop

This is so beautiful. I need to learn how to use the program.

andool
andool

Seems like a good meditation tool. The feather look gives a sense of freedom to set your mind to clear itself.

billh
billh

Thats some cool stuff. Keep em coming.

nmueller
nmueller

This is the definition of mind-blowing. . .you could just spend hours looking at it. Never mind what it is. . .it just is.

unhappyuser
unhappyuser

I wish I had time to mess around with it. My teenage artistic daughter would love it! EMD

ekennedy1
ekennedy1

Why is it that all these brilliant fractal images have a name except for image six (6) in this sequence?

neilproberts
neilproberts

Brilliant. Shame the bloody stupid moving advert on the right side of your screen had to be so distracting and irritating. neil

bennie3327
bennie3327

You have a glazier to put these pics to glass (in 2 dimension). The company is called SGO Designer Glass in Fort Wayne, IN. They can print an overlay that is applied to the smooth tempered glass replicating the pics.

danielakerlund
danielakerlund

Old Knots will definitely fit in as a front cover on a rock music album!! Fire, Eye see you and Rabbit hole is also one of my favourites!

adam.payne
adam.payne

Brings back memories of the fractals I used to see on the Atari ST and Amiga.

robu
robu

Wonderful.

tkirby
tkirby

These are absolutely magnificent! Are they pictures of something or did you do it all with the software?

vmojo
vmojo

Unbelievable

bamyclouse
bamyclouse

The earth was without form and void (chaos, which fractals come from - chaos theory)...the Spirit of God moved... beauty from chaos ensued...the world, indeed the universe, is formed from mathematical principles. Math is the basis of music, enables art, makes chemistry possible, we have only begun to explore mathematics, etc., etc., and IMO when we have reached until we plumb the depths and heights of mathematics we will all, atheist and believer alike, find Him waiting patiently (as ever) for us. I just wish I didn't see numbers upside down and backwards...and could learn more than I have. But as one does not have to know how to paint to enjoy art, or how to play an instrument to appreciate music, or how to balance a chemical equation to benefit from its results, thankfully I don't have to worry about how I see numbers to enjoy the results when they are so beautifully displayed. THANKS.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

My apologies for that oversight. I've added the artist's title--Arc-angel.

zen22568
zen22568

I've had Electric Sheep's screensaver on my PC for years now. Looks as good as this stuff:-)

gustavo_leonel
gustavo_leonel

me gusto espero poder llegar a hacer algo parecido descargue el programa mis felicitaciones al autor

zaespino
zaespino

What a magnificent display of sheer beauty!!

moriel
moriel

Very impressive, Getting close to the beauty of nature...

jaca_4
jaca_4

I love looking at these. This is a great addition to this place. Keep it up.

rakulady
rakulady

Thanks to you, also. Your mind may see numbers upside down and backwards, but your artistic writing and form of expression is beauty as well. rakulady@swcp.com