Pre-Dawn over the Tree of Eons, Utah. The Tree of Eons is a spectacular geologic sight near the San Rafael Swell. Erosion has cut a "tree" through red, blue, purple and white layers of the Chinle formation. The Tree of Eons is a superb example of dendritic erosion and to really appreciate the complex fractal-like details it must be observed from above. Photographed here in the soft, predawn light, it takes on magenta, red and purple hues just before the sun reaches it. Aerial panoramic photograph.

Location: Utah

Image ID: 38027

Location: Utah

Image ID: 38027

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

La Jolla Cove and Point La Jolla at Dawn, waves blur into abstract white, pre-sunrise soft light.

Location: La Jolla, California

Image ID: 38917

Location: La Jolla, California

Image ID: 38917

Scripps Pier, predawn abstract study of pier pilings and moving water.

Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Image ID: 37554

Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Image ID: 37554

Erosion patterns in the Utah Badlands, aerial abstract photo.

Location: Hanksville, Utah

Image ID: 37948

Location: Hanksville, Utah

Image ID: 37948

Snow geese fly in huge numbers at sunrise. Thousands of wintering snow geese take to the sky in predawn light in Bosque del Apache's famous "blast off". The flock can be as large as 20,000 geese or more.

Species: Snow goose,*Chen caerulescens*

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 38742

Species: Snow goose,

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 38742

Ghostly California brown pelican glides over breaking surf, abstract with motion blur and pastel pre-dawn colors.

Species: Brown Pelican,*Pelecanus occidentalis*, *Pelecanus occidentalis californicus*

Location: La Jolla, California

Image ID: 37676

Species: Brown Pelican,

Location: La Jolla, California

Image ID: 37676

Snow geese fly in huge numbers at sunrise. Thousands of wintering snow geese take to the sky in predawn light in Bosque del Apache's famous "blast off". The flock can be as large as 20,000 geese or more.

Species: Snow goose,*Chen caerulescens*

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 38715

Species: Snow goose,

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 38715

Snow geese fly in huge numbers at sunrise. Thousands of wintering snow geese take to the sky in predawn light in Bosque del Apache's famous "blast off". The flock can be as large as 20,000 geese or more.

Species: Snow goose,*Chen caerulescens*

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 38738

Species: Snow goose,

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 38738

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

Fantastic colorful sedimentary patterns, Bentonite layers are seen as striations exposed in the Utah Badlands. The Bentonite Hills are composed of the Brushy Basin shale member of the Morrison Formation. This layer was formed during Jurassic times when mud, silt, fine sand, and volcanic ash were deposited in swamps and lakes. Aerial photograph.

Location: Utah

Image ID: 38029

Location: Utah

Image ID: 38029

La Jolla Cove and Point La Jolla at Dawn, waves blur into abstract white, pre-sunrise soft light.

Location: La Jolla, California

Image ID: 38915

Location: La Jolla, California

Image ID: 38915

Scripps Pier, predawn abstract study of pier pilings and moving water.

Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Image ID: 26340

Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Image ID: 26340

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

Snow geese at sunrise. Thousands of wintering snow geese take to the sky in predawn light in Bosque del Apache's famous "blast off". The flock can be as large as 20,000 geese or more. Long time exposure creates blurring among the geese.

Species: Snow goose,*Chen caerulescens*

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 21799

Species: Snow goose,

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 21799

Snow geese fly in huge numbers at sunrise. Thousands of wintering snow geese take to the sky in predawn light in Bosque del Apache's famous "blast off". The flock can be as large as 20,000 geese or more.

Species: Snow goose,*Chen caerulescens*

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 38770

Species: Snow goose,

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 38770

Snow geese fly in huge numbers at sunrise. Thousands of wintering snow geese take to the sky in predawn light in Bosque del Apache's famous "blast off". The flock can be as large as 20,000 geese or more.

Species: Snow goose,*Chen caerulescens*

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 38756

Species: Snow goose,

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 38756

Snow geese fly in huge numbers at sunrise. Thousands of wintering snow geese take to the sky in predawn light in Bosque del Apache's famous "blast off". The flock can be as large as 20,000 geese or more.

Species: Snow goose,*Chen caerulescens*

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 38761

Species: Snow goose,

Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Image ID: 38761

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

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