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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!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/750414133/natures-geometry-succulents?ref=listing_published_alert

“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.

Double R Creations

Double R Creations & Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

Several years ago, just before I retired on December 31, 2016, I created Double R Creations with the intent of using the billions of pictures that I have taken since 1966 to create unique stuff, like leather pillows, coffee cups, drinking glasses, 8″x8″ tiles and huge 30″ x 20″ tile pictures, calendars, playing cards, and more.

I’m in the process of creating several calendars featuring my Photographic Art, cacti & succulents, flowers, animals, and one featuring nature’s geometry. Speaking of nature’s geometry, the proof book of Nature’s Geometry: Succulents by Russel Ray (that’s me!) arrived yesterday. Looks like this:

Nature's Geometry: Succulents by Russel Ray

Nature's Geometry: Succulents by Russel Ray

I already have found a place to create leather pillows, as well as canvas, metal, acrylic, and glass prints, all at reasonable prices.

A couple of weeks ago I found a place that can create quality puzzles for me, also at reasonable prices. I ordered two puzzles, and they arrived yesterday. Looks like this:

1014-piece, 30"x20" puzzle from Double R Creations

1014-piece, 30"x20" puzzle from Double R Creations

As items are developed with prices, I’ll announce regularly here at my blog, so stay tuned!

Nature's Geometry: Succulents by Russel Ray

Order proof book—check.

I finished my book this past Monday. I changed the cover from dark green to dark brown.

Jeff Moore’s book, Spiny Succulents, has a dark green background, courtesy of me when I was doing the final editing and design layout, so I didn’t want it to look like I copied his book.

The new cover looks like this:

Nature's Geometry: Succulents by Russel Ray

I ordered a proof book on Wednesday, but it will take a couple of weeks to get here. Meanwhile, I’ll have to find something else to do, like, perhaps, playing with Queen Olivia, if she ever decides to quit sleeping.

Queen Olivia