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Home > Simon Beck's Snow and Sand Patterns

"3D Koch at Arc2000," by Simon Beck

Pattern made in snow with snowshoes.

This is from my Facebook album titled Reinterpretations. This means the photos have been modified using the well-known program by Adobe. In general I shrink the horizontal dimension, darken the highlights a little, increase the contrast, shift the blue/red balance towards the blue, and increase the colour saturation. The grid of hexagons was surveyed working outwards from the centre, then the fractal exterior was added. --- Simon Beck (

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American Mathematical Society