The Wave at Night, under a clear night sky full of stars. The Wave, an area of fantastic eroded sandstone featuring beautiful swirls, wild colors, countless striations, and bizarre shapes set amidst the dramatic surrounding North Coyote Buttes of Arizona and Utah. The sandstone formations of the North Coyote Buttes, including the Wave, date from the Jurassic period. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Wave is located in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness and is accessible on foot by permit only.

Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

Image ID: 28623

Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

Image ID: 28623

Red gorgonian polyps. The red gorgonian is a colonial organism composed of thousands of tiny polyps. Each polyp secretes calcium which accumulates to form the structure of the colony. The fan-shaped gorgonian is oriented perpendicular to prevailing ocean currents to better enable to filter-feeding polyps to capture passing plankton and detritus passing by.

Species: Red gorgonian,*Leptogorgia chilensis*, *Lophogorgia chilensis*

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 03480

Species: Red gorgonian,

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 03480

Pyrosome drifting through a kelp forest, Catalina Island. Pyrosomes are free-floating colonial tunicates that usually live in the upper layers of the open ocean in warm seas. Pyrosomes are cylindrical or cone-shaped colonies made up of hundreds to thousands of individuals, known as zooids.

Location: Catalina Island, California

Image ID: 37164

Location: Catalina Island, California

Image ID: 37164

California Golden gorgonian polyps. The golden gorgonian is a colonial organism composed of thousands of tiny polyps. Each polyp secretes calcium which accumulates to form the structure of the colony. The fan-shaped gorgonian is oriented perpendicular to prevailing ocean currents to better enable to filter-feeding polyps to capture passing plankton and detritus passing by.

Location: San Diego, California

Image ID: 37205

Location: San Diego, California

Image ID: 37205

San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island.

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 29357

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 29357

Sweetheart California Brown Pelicans, facing each other so heads form a heart shape, adult winter non-breeding plumage.

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

Location: La Jolla, California

Image ID: 38596

Species: Brown Pelican,

Location: La Jolla, California

Image ID: 38596

Salt polygons. After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes.

Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California

Image ID: 25254

Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California

Image ID: 25254

Salt polygons. After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes.

Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California

Image ID: 25262

Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California

Image ID: 25262

Wolf eel, although similar in shape to eels, is cartilaginous and not a true fish. Its powerful jaws can crush invertibrates, such as spiny sea urchins. It can grow to 6 feet (2m) in length.

Species: Wolf eel,*Anarrhichthys ocellatus*

Image ID: 13702

Species: Wolf eel,

Image ID: 13702

The Wave, an area of fantastic eroded sandstone featuring beautiful swirls, wild colors, countless striations, and bizarre shapes set amidst the dramatic surrounding North Coyote Buttes of Arizona and Utah. The sandstone formations of the North Coyote Buttes, including the Wave, date from the Jurassic period. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Wave is located in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness and is accessible on foot by permit only.

Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

Image ID: 20609

Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

Image ID: 20609

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 Rest viewed from Olmsted Point. Clouds Rest is one of the most massive -- if not the singlemost massive -- granite monoliths in the world. A vast lobe of Mesozoic-era granodiorite magma cooled to rock and was gradually uplifted to its present altitude of 9926 ft. Later, glaciers cut it into its present shape.

Location: Yosemite National Park, California

Image ID: 09965

Location: Yosemite National Park, California

Image ID: 09965

San Clemente Island aerial photo, Pyramid Head and Balanced Rock at the southern end of the island. San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island, exhibits distinctive geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests.

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 38484

Panorama dimensions: 5158 x 9854

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 38484

Panorama dimensions: 5158 x 9854

San Clemente Island aerial photo, Pyramid Head and Balanced Rock at the southern end of the island. San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island, exhibits distinctive geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests.

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 38488

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 38488

Salt polygons. After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes.

Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California

Image ID: 25259

Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California

Image ID: 25259

The Wave in the North Coyote Buttes, an area of fantastic eroded sandstone featuring beautiful swirls, wild colors, countless striations, and bizarre shapes set amidst the dramatic surrounding North Coyote Buttes of Arizona and Utah. The sandstone formations of the North Coyote Buttes, including the Wave, date from the Jurassic period. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Wave is located in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness and is accessible on foot by permit only.

Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

Image ID: 28609

Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

Image ID: 28609

The Second Wave at sunset. The Second Wave, a curiously-shaped sandstone swirl, takes on rich warm tones and dramatic shadowed textures at sunset. Set in the North Coyote Buttes of Arizona and Utah, the Second Wave is characterized by striations revealing layers of sedimentary deposits, a visible historical record depicting eons of submarine geology.

Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

Image ID: 28615

Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

Image ID: 28615

The Wave at Night, under a clear night sky full of stars. The Wave, an area of fantastic eroded sandstone featuring beautiful swirls, wild colors, countless striations, and bizarre shapes set amidst the dramatic surrounding North Coyote Buttes of Arizona and Utah. The sandstone formations of the North Coyote Buttes, including the Wave, date from the Jurassic period. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Wave is located in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness and is accessible on foot by permit only.

Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

Image ID: 28624

Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

Image ID: 28624

Cloud's Rest at sunset, viewed from Olmsted Point. Clouds Rest is one of the most massive -- if not the singlemost massive -- granite monoliths in the world. A vast lobe of Mesozoic-era granodiorite magma cooled to rock and was gradually uplifted to its present altitude of 9926 ft. Later, glaciers cut it into its present shape.

Location: Yosemite National Park, California

Image ID: 25761

Location: Yosemite National Park, California

Image ID: 25761

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