Surf grass on the rocky reef -- appearing blurred in this time exposure -- is tossed back and forth by powerful ocean waves passing by above. San Clemente Island.

Species: Surfgrass,*Phyllospadix*

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 10237

Species: Surfgrass,

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 10237

Gray whales at sunset, Laguna San Ignacio.

Species: Gray whale,*Eschrichtius robustus*

Location: San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 03387

Species: Gray whale,

Location: San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 03387

Beautiful underwater sunburst, glittering light through the ocean surface, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.

Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 27562

Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 27562

The Mandelbrot Fractal. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10368

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10368

The Mandelbrot Fractal. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10369

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10369

Detail within the Mandelbrot set fractal. This detail is found by zooming in on the overall Mandelbrot set image, finding edges and buds with interesting features. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10375

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10375

Detail within the Mandelbrot set fractal. This detail is found by zooming in on the overall Mandelbrot set image, finding edges and buds with interesting features. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10378

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10378

Detail within the Mandelbrot set fractal. This detail is found by zooming in on the overall Mandelbrot set image, finding edges and buds with interesting features. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10383

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10383

Detail within the Mandelbrot set fractal. This detail is found by zooming in on the overall Mandelbrot set image, finding edges and buds with interesting features. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10391

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10391

Detail within the Mandelbrot set fractal. This detail is found by zooming in on the overall Mandelbrot set image, finding edges and buds with interesting features. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10395

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10395

The Mandelbrot Fractal. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 18729

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 18729

The Mandelbrot Fractal. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 18731

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 18731

Fractal design. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 18732

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 18732

The Mandelbrot Fractal. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 18737

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 18737

The Mandelbrot Fractal. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 18739

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 18739

Clouds held back by island crest.

Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 03848

Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 03848

A garibaldi fish (orange), surf grass (green) and palm kelp (brown) on the rocky reef -- all appearing blurred in this time exposure -- are tossed back and forth by powerful ocean waves passing by above. San Clemente Island.

Species: Surfgrass,*Hypsypops rubicundus*, *Phyllospadix*

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 10238

Species: Surfgrass,

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 10238

Beautiful underwater sunburst, glittering light through the ocean surface, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.

Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 27561

Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 27561

North Pacific humpback whale, blow at sunset.

Species: Humpback whale,*Megaptera novaeangliae*

Location: Maui, Hawaii

Image ID: 05883

Species: Humpback whale,

Location: Maui, Hawaii

Image ID: 05883

Sunrise light on clouds.

Image ID: 06225

Image ID: 06225

Beautiful underwater sunburst, glittering light through the ocean surface, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.

Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 27569

Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 27569

Beautiful underwater sunburst, glittering light through the ocean surface, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.

Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 27570

Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 27570

Land visit and sunset, skiff and tourists.

Location: Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Image ID: 03474

Location: Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Image ID: 03474

Sunset reflections in the Tuolumne River.

Location: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California

Image ID: 09975

Location: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California

Image ID: 09975

Surf grass on the rocky reef -- appearing blurred in this time exposure -- is tossed back and forth by powerful ocean waves passing by above. San Clemente Island.

Species: Surfgrass,*Phyllospadix*

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 10247

Species: Surfgrass,

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 10247

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