1. Awed By Nature’s Beauty!

    EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER, I’ve always been fascinated with patterns in nature – the delicate, symmetrical lacework of a fleeting snowflake, the infinite spirals of a nautilus shell, the so-called “golden ratio” describing the precise arrangement of the seeds in the head of a beautiful sunflower tilted proudly heavenward at its namesake.

    So imagine my thrill when I opened a little plastic canister I was using to store some of those cheap wafer cookies that odd-smelling ethnic grocery stores all seem to dedicate entire aisles to – and saw this:

    Breathtaking.  Stunning. Absolutely stunning.

    One look at that and I don’t think anyone can deny that there’s a higher power at work here, on earth, in our universe – some grand architect responsible for all the beauty we find in such things – call him what you will – God, Jehovah, Allah, Gazoo, Oprah.

    It’s like I’m gazing upon an M.C. Escher sketch come to life: Each “dulce de leche” (caramel, apparently, in Farsi) creme-filled wafer-stick has been placed just so by an unseen, unearthly hand, in a perfectly circumscribed composition that the greatest mortal draftsman or confectioner would be unable to duplicate in a thousand thousand millennia. Each of the eleven identical bars is precisely equidistant from its neighbors, forming a Fibonacci sequence by the resulting series of angles when divided by the layers of creme.

    Anyway, I already sent it in to National Geographic so don’t bother trying to steal  it and take credit for it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by on May 11, 2012, 2:22 AM.

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