I remember, as a young child, finding a small piece of translucent mica in a school yard and looking through it with amazement. The clouds rippled, the trees cracked into rainbows -- the whole world fractured into an abstract echo of reality. Ultimately, these fascinating distortions caused me to re-examine the real world much more carefully, initially for comparison, but later as an independent source of creative inspiration.
Soon it was clear that pure nature is often just as intriguing. Though often overlooked, the universe sings out with its own unusual, yet harmonious structures. Its reverberating patterns, lyrical colors, and synchronistic textures cry out for reverence, far beyond their prima facie surface. When we awaken to a deeper sense our surroundings, we begin to feel the varied rhythms of life-forms and geo-forms resonating with a musical quality as complex layers of beauty blend with simple truths.
We can choose to stand apart from the playful celebration of these fractal cousins, a perspective that often makes what's real feel surreal. Or, realizing we are a part of nature ourselves, we might play a part in this dance, intertwining within that harmony.