Spiraling Nature

pumpkin spirals
Tendrils of pumpkin (Cucurbita) under magnification. From Karl Blossfeldt’s 1928 Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature) — Source.

I was weeding around my pumpkin plants this week and marveling at how the tendrils grab hold of almost anything nearby.

But why do they make spirals and not just one loop around the object?

spirals ear

And why do helical seashells resemble spiraling galaxies and the human heart?

spirals ear
From  Pettigrew’s Design in Nature (1908), illustrating the resemblance between spiral shell formations and bony portions of the inner ear — Source.

Sorry, I don’t have the answers. I’m just asking the questions here. I’m not sure I want answers. Some mystery is still desired in this world.

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Ken

A lifelong educator on and off the Internet. Random by design and predictably irrational. It's turtles all the way down. Dolce far niente.

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