Tag Archives: Landscape

landscape painting of Canadian Rocky mountains

If you keep seeing the same patterns appearing no matter how close you look at something, then it’s fractal. Like mountains, which look a lot like the rocks they’re covered in. Or trees, where each branch looks like a smaller tree with lots of even smaller trees sticking out of it, and even the leaves have their own tree pattern. Or a lake-shore, where the water finds smaller and smaller gaps to flow into, right down to microscopic cracks that look like giant valley’s if you look close enough. Fractals have some interesting properties, like having somewhere between 2 and 3 dimensions, or having infinite length and zero area.

Fractal Nature

abstract landscape painting with rainbow

White is very fashionable these days. Tip: it gets a lot more interesting if you run it through a shower of rain.


abstract landscape painting

It’s nice to see a bit of green around the place again… the sunlight isn’t doing any harm either.


colourful acrylic painting of Copper Coast in Waterford

Another great bit of the Irish coastline, this time in Waterford. It gets its name from a mining industry that is long gone, but with cliffs that colour I can see why they kept the name.

Copper Coast

painting of Giant's causeway

Landscape of the Giant’s Causeway or high magnification electron micrograph of the surface of a tooth? ¬†Without a scale bar it’d difficult to tell, but sure there’s only about 10,000,000 in the difference so let’s not worry about it.

The Giant’s Tooth

painting of Dublin's smokestacks from Sandymount beach

Dublin’s iconic smokestacks and the windswept shores of Sandymount strand make for a great escape from the city streets.

Chimney Sweep

painting of sunset in Victoria harbour in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Victoria harbour has a fantastic combination of bold skyscrapers and hazy mountain back-drops like nowhere else I’ve seen. It’s all the better when viewed at sunset from the roof of a boat. This was just one of the highlights of a great trip thanks to the IOM3 World Lecture Competition. Any young materials researchers should get involved in this competition immediately; anyone else might want to consider becoming a young materials researcher.

Victoria Sun