More Whirls and Swirls on the Pedernales

In my previous post I quoted Lewis Fry Richardson’s poem regarding atmospheric turbulence. Richardson was a mathematician and meteorologist who pioneered modern mathematical techniques of weather forecasting in the 1920’s. He saw that behind the mechanics of the planet’s weather there was mathematical models via differential equations. We still use this method today for weather forecasting.

When I look at images such as these swirls in the river’s current I can certainly see mathematics but there is so much more there as well. We usually only see this world’s surface. But when we sit still enough and move deeper into nature then we know there is so much more behind this curtain. It seems to be like an onion with many layers. I view the mathematics layer actually close to the surface. It gets fuzzier and more poetic the deeper you can peel it.