Nautilus fossil – Golden Ratio 1:1.618

A macro photo of a Nautilus fossil.

The Spiral is a recurring shape in the Cosmos and has the exact proportion of the Golden Ratio or Golden Mean (Phi 1.618).


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The Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253)


The oldest light that I’ve captured thus far, from a Galaxy far, far away (situated 11.42 million light years from Earth).

One of my favorite quotes, which explains my fascination not only with the very small Macro and Microscopic objects that I started photographing many years ago, but also explains why I like looking up to photograph the Cosmos at a grander scale.

“When we consider cutting this apple pie, but down beyond a single atom we confront an infinity of the very small, and when we look up at the night sky we confront an infinity of the very large. These infinities are among the most awesome of human ideas. They represent an unending regress which goes on not just very far, but forever.” – Carl Sagan – Cosmos – The Lives of the Stars.

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The Golden Ratio ( 1 : 1.618 )


The perfect Ratio of 1:1.618 that occurs everywhere in Nature.

In this example I used the Corona (Latin for Crown) of a Stapelia schinzii var. schinzii flower (from Namibia, Africa), to illustrate Nature’s divine Ratio. The Inner and Outer Corona, and Corolla Lobes (Petals) all conform to this exact Ratio.

The Golden Ratio (or Golden Mean) can be found in everything from human anatomy, to a nautilus shell, butterflies, insects, plants and flowers.

Architects used this formula (π / Phi) from the Parthenon to the Pyramids, and Renaissance Artists like Leonardo da Vinci used it for the Composition of the Mona Lisa.

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