Nature knows mathematics! (or is it the other way around?)

Take a close look at the Queen Anne's Lace flower. The first thing that struck me was its pentagonal shape, but, on closer inspection, I saw the self-similarity so prevalent in Nature:

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This flower was scanned, not photographed. That is, I just put the flower on my scanner and used a blue manila folder for the background. Not a bad result.

8/22/98 John Hanna