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Mathematics could be our way of explaining the chaotic world around us with a system of numbers. Many mathematical concepts are abundant in nature. During the European Renaissance, maths (and music) was called perfect arts. Plants, and all other forms of life, have evolved through adapting to their surroundings. Sunflowers, for instance, face the sun by way of a special growth-regulator on the shady side of the plant that causes it to grow faster than the sunny side, causing the plant to bend. This is a product of millenia of evolution. Take another look at a sunflower; take a closer look at the flower itself. Notice how tightly-packed the seeds are in the center of the flower? One could easily assume that this is another product of perfection through evolution; the flower packing its seeds in neat spirals emanating from the center. But, that isn’t the case. It’s an example of the Fibonacci Series appearing in nature. Examining flowers for instance, note that most daisies have 34, 55 or 89 petals. Those numbers should be familiar; they are the 9th, 10th, and 11thFibonacci Numbers. If you have ever wondered why four-leaf clovers are so rare, it’s because four isn’t a Fibonacci number.
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Leonardo Fibonacci was born around 1170 to Guglielmo Fibonacci, a wealthy Italian merchant. Guglielmo directed a trading post (by some accounts he was the consultant for Pisa) in Bugia, a port east of Algiers in the Almohad dynasty’s sultanate in North Africa (now Bejaia, Algeria). As a young boy, Leonardo traveled with him to help; it was there he learned about the Hindu-Arabic numeral system. Recognizing that arithmetic with Hindu-Arabic numerals is simpler and more efficient than with Roman numerals, Fibonacci traveled throughout the Mediterranean world to study under the leading Arab mathematicians of the time. Leonardo returned from his travels around 1200. In 1202, at age 32, he published what he had learned in Liber Abaci (Book of Abacus or Book of Calculation), and thereby popularized Hindu-Arabic numerals in Europe. Leonardo became an amicable guest of the Emperor Frederick II, who enjoyed mathematics and science. In 1240 the Republic of Pisa honored Leonardo, referred to as Leonardo Bigollo, by granting him a salary. In the 19th century, a statue of Fibonacci was constructed and erected in Pisa. Today it is located in the western gallery of the Camposanto, historical cemetery on the Piazza dei Miracoli.
I was surprised to discover that Keith had never seen a sunflower close up, so I planted some in the garden this year, they really are amazing.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Feb. 2011 Southland New Zealand
I DEDICATE THIS SUNFLOWER TO MY HUBBY KEITH, HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanover 3 years ago

    This is beautiful, Andrea!!!!!

  • Monica, thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • PirminNohr
    PirminNohrover 3 years ago

    Great macro and so wonderful colors! An instant fave!

  • Primin, thank you for your lovely comment & Fav, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 3 years ago

    Nice shot and a great description.

  • John, thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    nice macro Andrea

  • Lynn, thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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    NatureGreeting...over 3 years ago

    Very BEAUTIFUL Macro!!! fave! My best,

  • Carolyn, thank you for your lovely comment & Fav, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • GregTS
    GregTSover 3 years ago

    Andrea, Gorgeous color, detail, photography!!!

  • Greg, thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot, and yes it’s interesting how nature creates the patterns!

  • Cindy, thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago
    Lovely Andsrea – they have amazing detail in their centres.
  • Roy, thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago
    Oops ! Andrea, had one too many wines !
  • Slow down on those wines my friend. Lol…

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    Brilliant color and details, awesome macro

  • Byron, thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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