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Round and Round and Round

Updated on August 20, 2014

Round and Round She Goes

Round and round she goes, and where she stops, nobody knows. We all remember THAT line.

So I decided to write a lens, and in order to do so, I needed a Round Tuit. A Round Tuit is something you get when you get a round tuit. :) And I just got around to it, and hope I get finished by the deadline!

Someone gave me a Round Tuit recently, so I will put it here. Wait, I can't find it. I have to get a round tuit. Anybody got one to spare? Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your viewpoint, once you get a Round Tuit, you're stuck with it for life, even if you can't find it!

So instead, I will put a photo of the wonderful planet on which we live. Earth is unique, and I will talk about that in a little while.

And by the way, when it comes to Earth, round and round she goes!

The photo was taken with equipment funded by the government and the taxpayer, so it's in the public domain. All other photos and images are mine.

“They say that in order to be healthy, you have to be in shape.

I am round. Round is a shape.”

What Is Round?

Circles are round. So are spheres. And other things are round, though not perfectly. Ellipses, ovoids, eggs, lots of things are round. So are spirals in fractals. And some things have a decorated edge, such as gears. They have to have teeth, or they won't work.

Do you know why the earth has to be round? It is so it can spin in space and maintain a stable orbit, so life is possible. Also because that way gravity is approximately equal all over the surface. There are mountains and things like that, but they aren't much different in height than the valleys when compared to the overall size of the earth. In spite of this, the air can get quite thin from our perspective, at the tops of mountains.

One thing I love about challenges like these is that it gives me a chance to show you some beautiful things.

Dream Catchers Are Round

I don't attach any religious or spiritual significance to them; they're just pretty

A couple of us have made dream catchers, just as a bit of artistry. There are beautiful ones on Amazon.

When I am able, I will put up photos of the ones we made.

Moon

The moon is round. And it has round holes all over it. There are many, many craters, probably formed by meteorites striking the surface. So it's just one big circular mess!

The moon is vitally important for life on earth. It causes the tides. Without the tides, many species of sea life simply would not exist.

I'm not a fan of evolutionary explanations. Fortunately, we don't have to talk about evolution in order to be aware of the role the moon plays in the maintenance of an environment conducive to life on earth. In fact, the moon proves that the earth cannot be very old, because it has been receding slightly every year, in an ever widening orbit. This occurs at about 1/4 of an inch annually. In addition, if the moon had existed a very long time, the dust from meteor strikes would be very deep. It's only 1/8 of an inch thick.

I took this photo of the moon with my Pentax, a 600mm mirror lens (designed similar to a mirror telescope) and a 1.7x extender. Anybody with a good telephoto can do likewise. :)

Some Beautiful Round Things - From my personal collection

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From Shibata, Japan.Sand dollar. God makes beautiful round things.Windchime by Jeff Wilkie. The pipes hang below and are not shown.Imperial Chikin numbered edition by Yoshinobu HaraImperial Chikin numbered edition by Yoshinobu Hara, closeupGlass ball with bubbles and iridescent flakes, probably from ItalyLittle vase with crystal glaze. Looking down from above.Jade bowl with lid from IndiaDragon from Windstone Editions, by PenaSide view. She is guarding an egg.Vase covered in Indian beadsRaku pot made in Arizona.Lacquered stone from Viet Nam, showing two goldfish.Geode. Another beautiful round thing made by God.Skeleton of a sea animal. By God.Sand painting in glass made by a Native American.Brass bell with painted decorationsSilver box with blue cloisonne inlay
From Shibata, Japan.
From Shibata, Japan.
Sand dollar. God makes beautiful round things.
Sand dollar. God makes beautiful round things.
Windchime by Jeff Wilkie. The pipes hang below and are not shown.
Windchime by Jeff Wilkie. The pipes hang below and are not shown.
Imperial Chikin numbered edition by Yoshinobu Hara
Imperial Chikin numbered edition by Yoshinobu Hara
Imperial Chikin numbered edition by Yoshinobu Hara, closeup
Imperial Chikin numbered edition by Yoshinobu Hara, closeup
Glass ball with bubbles and iridescent flakes, probably from Italy
Glass ball with bubbles and iridescent flakes, probably from Italy
Little vase with crystal glaze. Looking down from above.
Little vase with crystal glaze. Looking down from above.
Jade bowl with lid from India
Jade bowl with lid from India
Dragon from Windstone Editions, by Pena
Dragon from Windstone Editions, by Pena
Side view. She is guarding an egg.
Side view. She is guarding an egg.
Vase covered in Indian beads
Vase covered in Indian beads
Raku pot made in Arizona.
Raku pot made in Arizona.
Lacquered stone from Viet Nam, showing two goldfish.
Lacquered stone from Viet Nam, showing two goldfish.
Geode. Another beautiful round thing made by God.
Geode. Another beautiful round thing made by God.
Skeleton of a sea animal. By God.
Skeleton of a sea animal. By God.
Sand painting in glass made by a Native American.
Sand painting in glass made by a Native American.
Brass bell with painted decorations
Brass bell with painted decorations
Silver box with blue cloisonne inlay
Silver box with blue cloisonne inlay

Fractals

Fractal images are made from mathematical formulas derived mostly from the Mandelbrot Set. They are designed by an artist, using one of various programs that will write instructions to tell the computer how to color each pixel.

Fractals are perfect for illustrating the concept of round. Sometimes they're circular, and sometimes they're spirals.

I present images from three fractal programs: Apophysis, Ultrafractal, and Xenodream. You may have seen a few of these before, if you have read my other fractal lenses, but most are new.

Regrettably, in my browser, many of the images are positioned too low, so you can't see the entire image. If you have this problem, please let me know and let me know which browser you are using. I hope they will fix this problem soon.

Apophysis Fractals - Some have names, some don't.

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Sea UrchinPolka DotsInner ReflectionsFluid RockElectric SpheresDeep and AbidingCircular DesignGossamerLotsa HolesTripartite 42Spun GoldBubble 2WiredSimilitude
Sea Urchin
Sea Urchin
Polka Dots
Polka Dots
Inner Reflections
Inner Reflections
Fluid Rock
Fluid Rock
Electric Spheres
Electric Spheres
Deep and Abiding
Deep and Abiding
Circular Design
Circular Design
Gossamer
Gossamer
Lotsa Holes
Lotsa Holes
Tripartite 42
Tripartite 42
Spun Gold
Spun Gold
Bubble 2
Bubble 2
Wired
Wired
Similitude
Similitude

Ultrafractal

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SphericalShell 5Poppy sNacreFlaming Wind SpiralDruzy Kaleidoscope 32Collaborative. Done with a friend, but I don't remember who.Old Wooden Egg
Spherical
Spherical
Shell 5
Shell 5
Poppy s
Poppy s
Nacre
Nacre
Flaming Wind Spiral
Flaming Wind Spiral
Druzy Kaleidoscope 32
Druzy Kaleidoscope 32
Collaborative. Done with a friend, but I don't remember who.
Collaborative. Done with a friend, but I don't remember who.
Old Wooden Egg
Old Wooden Egg

Xenodream - Fractal sculpture

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Royal Snail HouseFractal Pottery - RenoirRibbonwrapped - RenoirTwisted 5th RockSpaceshipCurled Project MultiglowCurled Project Soft ReflectCircular MotionAztec PeacockBalled Cone Woodland LearFractal Pottery
Royal Snail House
Royal Snail House
Fractal Pottery - Renoir
Fractal Pottery - Renoir
Ribbonwrapped - Renoir
Ribbonwrapped - Renoir
Twisted 5th Rock
Twisted 5th Rock
Spaceship
Spaceship
Curled Project Multiglow
Curled Project Multiglow
Curled Project Soft Reflect
Curled Project Soft Reflect
Circular Motion
Circular Motion
Aztec Peacock
Aztec Peacock
Balled Cone Woodland Lear
Balled Cone Woodland Lear
Fractal Pottery
Fractal Pottery

More about Round Things

I'll have more to say about round things soon. My brain is still percolating. With round bubbles, of course.

Guestbook - Do you like round things?

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    • Pat Goltz profile imageAUTHOR

      Pat Goltz 

      5 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you as well!

    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 

      5 years ago

      You certainly do have some beautiful round things. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Saw your lens featured on IMMINENT! âThings That Are Roundâ Highlight Reel

      Nicely done!

    • David Stone1 profile image

      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Yes, and something new, this delightful, playful lens. It almost floats in the air.

    • Pat Goltz profile imageAUTHOR

      Pat Goltz 

      5 years ago

      @changrcoacher: Thank you. I'll take a look at Celebrageing.

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      changrcoacher 

      5 years ago

      Yes. The no beginning, no ending...you're always where you are thingy...Love this lens. I added it to my "Are You Celebrageing" lens. I had never heard of a round tuit! Such fun to play with words

    • Pat Goltz profile imageAUTHOR

      Pat Goltz 

      5 years ago

      @smine27: I think you're right.

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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I find something soothing about the round shape.

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