Tuesday, September 4, 2012
True to its name, this sunflower pulses with light, its tousled petals like solar
flares erupting from the seething, seeding core.
Look closely and you'll see flowers within the flower—tiny star-shaped florets surrounding the maturing seeds.
They're all arranged in one of Nature's most sublime patterns, a spiral lattice, so precise in contrast to the careless abandon of the petals, to the raspy, gangly stalk.
What an amazing gift to the eye—and spirit—this sunny early September day!
MORE ON SUNFLOWER'S SEED HEAD PATTERN (From Wikimedia) – Generally, each floret and seed is oriented toward the next by approximately the golden angle, 137.5°, producing a pattern of interconnecting spirals, where the number of left spirals and the number of right spirals are successive Fibonacci numbers. Typically, there are 34 spirals in one direction and 55 in the other; on a very large sunflower there could be 89 in one direction and 144 in the other. This pattern produces the most efficient packing of seeds within the flower head.