Nature's Alphabet

Plants, animals, and other natural objects may bear patterns that resemble letters, numbers, and other figures.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM November 7, 2005

Kjell Sandved was sitting on a tree branch in Panama when he found himself staring into the face of a viper. The poisonous snake had coiled its body a few times around a nearby branch. Its neck rested on the coils.

"Its head," Sandved says, "was sticking out and looking at me."

A viper has coiled itself around a branch.

A viper has coiled itself around a branch.

© Kjell Sandved

Instead of reacting with terror and panic, like most people would, Sandved noticed something remarkable. Resting in this position, the snake looked like t...

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