Merry Christmas!!

Winter Frost

Winter Frost by Eric A. Gehlin
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Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my friends and fellow bloggers!!

We don’t have any snow here in Chicago so there won’t be a white Christmas but I thought the image above would set the mood.

Be happy, healthy and safe this holiday season!!

Regards,

Eric

A Tour Through The Fractal Universe Part 2

Welcome to the second installment of my series exploring the universe of fractal landscapes created with the aid of the fabulous Mandelbulber fractal program.

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Lost Valley

Lost Valley: A mysterious fog enshrouded valley. At night the landscape is lit by an eerie glow and hushed whispers are carried on the wind.

Desert Magic

Desert Magic: The wonder of an alien desert. Apart from its natural beauty there’s the decidedly Earth-like moon above the horizon and if you look closely, the gravity-defying stone hovering above a large boulder…

Sylvan Heights

Sylvan Heights: Imagine a world where forests of giant exotic plant life grow miles high. What would it be like to explore such a place?
Just make sure you don’t fall…

Organic Landscape

Organic Land-Shapes: Animal, mineral or vegetable? Your guess is as good as mine…

Dawn's Light


Dawn’s Light: A majestic view of a terrestrial planet rising over a bizarre twisted landscape. The beginning of a new day on an alien moon…

Thank you for joining me on my second trip to the fractal universe.  There are countless worlds to visit so I’ll be posting another tour very soon.

As Always, your comments and suggestions are encouraged and most welcome!!

Best Regards,

Eric

A Tour Through The Fractal Universe Part 1

It’s been a while since I posted to Eric’s Universe but that doesn’t mean I’ve been idle.  I’ve been travelling; exploring the endless worlds of fractal landscapes with the aid of the fabulous Mandelbulber fractal program.

So put on your travelling shoes while I take you on a tour of some of the places I’ve been…

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Sentinels

Sentinels: I came across these massive towers at the end of a frozen mountain pass. At first glance they appeared to be made of stone but closer examination revealed organic shapes that pulsated with life. When the cold wind howled, they moaned like hollow air raid sirens. A doleful call to a desolate land, answered only by echoes…

Desert Rocks

Desert Rocks: An arid wasteland where wind and sand have sculpted twisted rock formations. One formation in particular points like a stone compass needle toward an unknown destination.

Pyramid Hills

Pyramid Hills: A rolling landscape dotted with thousands of natural pyramid shaped hills. The natives of this place speak in whispers of a mighty battle between the gods that shook the very foundations of the land. Not a single combatant survived. After the battle the earth healed and beneath each of these hills lie the remains of a fallen warrior.

Borderland

Borderland: What lies beyond the border where light meets darkness? Here we gaze into a cavern where glowing mist obscures huge symbols carved by unknown hands. The explorers who dared to enter this cavern have never returned. No others will take the chance. The mysteries of this borderland remain unsolved…

Highland Moon

Highland Moon: On our last stop we witness a glorious moonrise from a mountainside populated by glowing fungal growth. Special breathing masks are required to prevent infection from airborne spores.

I hope you enjoyed visiting these worlds from the fractal universe.  There are countless worlds to visit so I’ll be posting another tour very soon.

As Always, your comments and suggestions are encouraged and most welcome!!

Best Regards,

Eric

Time To Smile!!

My Pet Guinea Pig

My Pet Guinea Pig
This render reminds me of my first pet guinea pig who I named…Piggy.

Well, it’s May in Chicago. After a very chilly April that gave us some snow, rain and very little else it’s time to look to Spring. As usual, Chicago weather throws us a curve. After a few days of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s and 80s May in Chicago has thrown us more rain and chilly air!

When will Spring arrive to stay?! Who knows?! It’s Chicago and nothing is more unpredictable than Chicago weather!!

So instead of pining for warm weather and crying in our soup, I suggest we smile…yep, just smile!

To cheer us up, I’ve dug deep into my fractal art archives and picked a few renders designed to help bring a smile to our faces.

Just forget about whatever troubles you, click on the images, have some fun  and smile!!!

Alien Monkey

Alien Monkey
This guy is cute and weird. Look for little monkey faces on this dude’s head and ears.

Gotta Dance

Gotta Dance!!
Three aliens with happy feet.

Peek A Boo

Peek A Boo!
Don’t know what this guy is up to but he’s got big eyes…the better to see you with!!

Space Cadet

Space Cadet
“Take me to your leader.”

Happy Cyclops

Happy Cyclops
Whatever he’s smiling about, that grin makes you want to smile along with him.

How About A Hug?

How About A Hug?
One of my first fractal renders.

As always, your comments and critiques are welcome!!

Best Regards,

Eric

Man and Machine

Steam Powered

Steam Powered by Eric A Gehlin
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I have often asked myself if we (man) are in control of the advancement of technology or are we just getting swept away by it? Has the rate of technological progress gotten to the point that man can no longer control (or even keep track of) the explosion of new and more intelligent devices?

Do we fool ourselves into thinking that the latest gadget or factory robotics enhance and simplify our daily lives or are we becoming more dependent on them? Are we surrendering our freedom, our individuality, our ability to think, to machines?

I’ve been thinking about this quite often lately. There are benefits and pitfalls to all forms of progress but the trick is to keep the genie in the bottle…to maintain perspective while inundated with the latest advancements in technology.

Think about it…do we really need a phone that can control our appliances while we’re away from home?

I’m interested in your thoughts on this subject. Leave a comment…share your opinion!!

Best Regards,

Eric