Snail Trail

June 11, 2006


Provided and copyright by: Donald Brett
Summary authors & editors: Donald Brett; Jim Foster

This abstract sketch was created by a snail browsing on algae. The palate was the neglected glass on my greenhouse in the Chilterns, England. The seemingly random image pattern results from the snail's radula scraping green cells from the glass. Note the fractal features of this snail trail. A fractal is essentially a fragmented geometric shape that can be subdivided into parts, each of which is, at least approximately, a small-scale copy of the whole.

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