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an excellent example of the spiral is a pinecone.

it grows on a tree whose branches spiral up, at regular intervals vertically and horizontally, maximizing exposure to sun.

the pinecone at first heads up, with tiny flowers for pollination, all arranged in spiral form.

as it matures, the pinecone heads down, the brackets eventually opening to spread seed, again the spiral formation ensures the widest broadcast.

spirals when drawn by hand can be initiated in the centre, spiralling out, or at the outside, spiralling in.

as the trees in a forest revolve around access to water, sun and soil, branches revolve and grow around a tree, pinecone bracts and seeds revolve and grow, spreading the growth of the forest in a ever-increasing spiral. 

the spiral is revolving, a revolution of life


nice post thanks! i enjoyed reading it...


this morning the reminder came,

to draw waves upon waves of spirals, you first start at the bottom then curve up and over for the crest of the wave, then down and spiralling in as it curls. leave room so that you can once you get to the centre you can double back on a parallel line retracing, at a small distance (so it's thick once it's coloured in), your line spiralling back out and to the bottom again.

whereupon you continue the line back up and over the crest of the next wave,

and so on and so on...

really cool.

this was actually a pattern on a Trypillian ceramic pot from around 7,000 BCE.  its on many ancient art forms from cultures around the world.

[somewhat different from pinecones, unless you consider the line trailing from one pinecone to the next through the branches.  anyway, maybe i'll check to see how to put up pictures here again, which might illustrate the drawing technique with a sample.  ]


i find the idea of spirals fascinating.. cycles with another dimension to them in some respects... if you figure out how to share some pictures, i am sure some here would enjoy them.. thanks, thanks!