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“Nature’s Geometry: Succulents” now for sale!

"Nature's Geometry: Succulents" front cover

My book, “Nature’s Geometry: Succulents,” officially is for sale now at my new Etsy shop.

Next day shipping with free shipping to anywhere in the world.

For now.

That might change as I get more experienced in shipping,
so order now while shipping is free!


“Nature’s Geometry: Succulents” uses over 600 photographs to examine how the Fibonacci sequence of numbers is exhibited in Nature, particularly succulents. About 99% of the photographs are mine, and about 95% of the plants are mine, as well.

Soft cover only. 174 pages.

Covers the shape of plants, the number of plant ribs, the number of spines in areoles, golden angles, phyllotaxis (the divergent angle), golden triangles, Fibonacci triangles, golden squares, golden rectangles, circles, fractals, and, most fascinating to him, golden spirals.

Who is Russel Ray? A quick Russel Ray timeline:

  • 1962—Received his first plant, a heartleaf ivy, from his first grade teacher.
  • 1966—Got started in photography as a volunteer elementary school events photographer.
  • 1968—Created a 100-square-foot cactus rock garden in his grandmother’s yard.
  • 1973—Became fascinated with the Fibonacci sequence of numbers and how they are expressed in nature.
  • 2019—Finally published this book. (It has a real ISBN!)

I have one review so far, posted on Instagram by dr.cactus_man, the President of the Long Beach Cactus Club:

"Nature's Geometry: Succulents" review

My 2020 calendars “Nature’s Geometry: Spirals,” will be in my Etsy shop by tomorrow. Price will be $20 with free shipping to anywhere in the world.

2020 "Nature's Geometry: Spirals" calendar cover

I will have a sneak peak of the full spirals calendar tomorrow.

I also will have other 2020 calendars available by December 1: Nature’s Geometry: Succulents, for sure, and others featuring roses, orchids, cats, animals, and trains. I’m sure I’ll find more subjects as I’m browsing my huge collection of photographs.

I might be in for some interesting times

Did you know?

Occasionally one of my home inspection Clients appreciates my work so much that s/he will send me a gift after escrow closes.

A gift I got several years ago was three volumes of “Messages and Papers of the Presidents” by James D. Richardson (1843-1914), copyright 1897. Richardson served in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Tennessee, from 1885-1905.

The pages are in excellent shape, although yellowed on the edges. The bindings, however, are in very poor shape

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Thus, I had never opened the volumes until yesterday.

Printed on tissue paper and inserted at the beginning of the first volume I opened (Vol. V) is this priceless gem:

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

How I miss the days when the captions for photographs were printed on tissue paper, as these books have.

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I remember many of the books that my wise old grandmother had, had tissue paper picture captions in them. They were fragile, yet awesome.

I don’t know when such tissue paper captions ceased but I suspect it was shortly after World War II when the world took on a faster pace. My suspicion is derived from the fact that all of the books I have with tissue paper captions were published before the War.

Until yesterday, I never knew that each sheet of paper in a book is called a leaf, and the two sides of the leaf are called pages. It also took me a while to find the definition of start relevant to books. After much searching (which means I’m now behind in unpacking!), I found this definition way down in a list of definitions for start:

to spring, slip, or work loose from place or fastenings

The fact that the definition was so far down the list probably indicates that the word it not used much anymore, if at all, to mean that.

My intent is to keep these books and eventually have the bindings restored. I have never done that before, so I might be in for some interesting times.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Zoey the Cool Cat exploring the books

That’s not where I keep the wildlife books

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Picture of the moment


For the past couple of days Zoey the Cool Cat has been exploring the house, as if she didn’t know every nook and cranny as it is.

Early this morning I heard a crash that was unfamiliar, like glass breaking. I went looking but didn’t find anything anywhere. Didn’t find Zoey the Cool Cat either, though. On my way back into the office I saw this:

Zoey the Cool Cat exploring the books


Zoey the Cool Cat exploring the books


Those cabinet doors are glass, which explains the crashing glass sound I heard. The glass is somewhat loose in the cabinet doors. Although she can open every cabinet door in the house, she’s never opened those bookshelf doors that I know of.

I knew she could eventually find her way out, but I didn’t want to take a chance on the glass doors banging shut and the glass breaking, so I gave her a little help by opening one door. She looked at the open door, “What did you do that for?”

Zoey the Cool Cat exploring the books


Then she went on exploring, up, left, and down….

Zoey the Cool Cat exploring the books


Zoey the Cool Cat exploring the books


Zoey the Cool Cat exploring the books


I wonder if she was looking for my bird, butterfly, snake, reptile, and insect books. Satisfied that I wasn’t keeping anything from her, she took off.

Zoey the Cool Cat exploring the books


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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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