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Capture symmetry in nature with your own camera!

Do you own a digital camera? Perhaps a cell phone with a camera? If so, it's time for you to get outside and take your own photos of symmetry in nature.



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Got Weeds?

Before destroying any weeds you have in your yard, take a close look at them. I took a closer look at some clover that was growing in my yard and I was surprised to see symmetry!



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Capturing symmetry with your camera phone

I was walking through the woods with my kids one day when the beautiful butterfly to the left flew by and landed on some rocks. I did not have my digital camera, but I did have my cell phone--complete with a simple, but adequate camera. I snapped a couple photos of the butterfly and then emailed them to myself. This was the better one. Using a very simple photo editor, I then cropped the photo and sharpened it up a bit. Though far from perfect, it's still easy to pick out many features on the butterfly that make it symmetrical.



Math in Nature

Okay, so the daisy in the photo isn't really symmetrical; however by including it on this page I hope to make a few points:

  • Math is everywhere. If you look at the center of the daisy, you'll notice the Fibonacci spiral.
  • You don't have to own an expensive camera to take good photos. My camera is a Kodak EasyShare C743. At 7.1 megapixels, it has 3 X optical zoom and a video mode. It costs a whopping $150.
  • You don't have to be a professional to take good photos.


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