Sunday, August 26, 2012

Engineering & Architectural Genius: Nature

On a recent visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, I was struck by the genius of nature in its ability to perfectly engineer and architect structures.  The water lily is a perfect example: from its seed holders to its buds to the ultimate flower.  The housing for the seeds of the lily is perfectly formed to hold the seeds.  The graceful stems can support the buds and the flowers several inches in the air or gently floating in the water.  The leaves are beautifully shaped to create a bed for the plant.  Nature's marvelous designs and constructions are lessons in perfection.