This image is a 2-D depiction of a 3-D fractal spiral—portrayed like a transparent conch shell. For some reason in nature certain living species use this geometric pattern of growth for creating solid shell-like objects, as well as for flower petal or seed distribution, besides other natural examples.
I’m looking at this design and thinking initial growth must be limited on one side of the forming cell structure, and then amplified on the opposite side of the cell so that the creation can only spiral around itself rather than moving in a straight forward or upward progression.
The effect would be like riding a zero-turn lawnmower when you fast-forward one wheel while nearly stopping the other wheel’s forward motion so that the mower is cutting in continually spiraling but in ever expanding circles. The effect can make for an unusual growth pattern in one of nature’s more fascinating creations, or for a very strange lawn trimming where your neighbors may question your sanity.
But to accomplish this spiraling pattern in general, the forward expansion must be limited on one side of the pivot point and magnified on the other side, which creates this spiral effect.
And then the next question is WHY? WHY would nature do this? What is the advantage of doing this?
For a mollusk, the point might be to grow a secreted, protective shell around the very vulnerable flesh; but for a flower? Why would a plant do that with its flowers? What would the flower be protecting at its center other than its seed pods?
Or in the case of sunflowers, every seed is displayed outwardly in complex Fibonacci patterns ready for quick consumption and dispersal by birds to other locations.
I think there is something important here in examining nature’s spiral designs that I’m not fully comprehending about this natural growth behavior, and I think it has to do with the original growth pattern intention; but I certainly don’t know what that was, other than there have been mathematicians of the past who have plotted out the various equations to actually replicate those natural, spiral growth patterns, and they have found some pretty interesting data in the process.
If this mystery interests you further, check out Fractal spirals, Fibonacci spirals, Archimedean spirals, Golden spirals, galactic spiral, conical spirals, spherical spirals, and the differing mathematical equations and geometric properties of all of them. I think there is a hidden clue to the intentional Grand Design of LIFE here, but unfortunately I’m not capable of deciphering it.
Perhaps you can.