I got an email about a fractal show in the new planetarium in the new science building at UAA, and given the sunshine, but icy streets and walkways, I decided to walk rather than bike over. That probably was a mistake.
I guess it's too small to read, but it says "doors remain locked until show is over." Some things you have to be on time for. At 12:34, they were already started. Two more disappointed souls showed up just after I did.
The day was beautiful and not too cold (around 0˚ C), so I thought I'd just go out looking for real life fractals.
So I wandered back out of the building to see what I could find.
I sort of knew what fractals were, but I couldn't have given you a strict definition. I checked when I got home. This is from a website on fractals for kids. Just about my level. You can click on the links to see more explanation of what each of these three properties means.
I thought I might find some fractals in the snow and ice all around, but it wasn't to be. But what I saw was still nice. I think this birch came closest to having fractal properties.Fractal Properties
Formation by iteration
But these frozen drops really got my attention.
If you look closely you can see these are two different drops.
As you can see, it doesn't take much to keep me entertained. It wasn't that long ago that most of humanity's entertainment came from observing nature.
This was the ice that formed on the water in the gutter.