Fractal ViZion L-systems
"Random Lsystems -- 3D turtle graphics with ray-traced highlights."
That's a serious techno-label from the help manual for the spectacular turbo-turtle dance frenzy that ends with a pile of freaked-out, electrified foliage.
Here's what they start out like.
Half the fun is just watching the program draw the freaky blueprints for the L-system mutants.
I've altered the colors in my graphics program (just the first 5 images except for the two preliminary line drawings), although Fractal ViZion does some pretty spectacular color on it's own, once you push the button to get it into a random orbit.
Fractal ViZion does a lot more than just L-system extra-terrestrial fauna but that's my favorite. Actually, Fractal ViZion does everything even some weird 3D rock things, fractal landscapes and some Strange Attractors. Fractal Explorer doesn't even do all this.
The rest of the images from here on down are all unprocessed, original color just as Fractal ViZion made them. Another thing, the program was made by Terry W. Gintz and a trial version that only produces images 320x240 can be downloaded here.
Yes, it's old. But if you shouldn't look a gift-horse in the mouth to find out its age, the same should go for fractal programs. Sterlingware is getting on in age too, and look how it great it is.
If you push some of the buttons in Fractal ViZion's L-system FV remote thing you get random mutations. That means new stuff that may not look anything like the original. That's exciting, algorithmic creativity.
Of course you can write your own L-system creatures but I prefer to let the program make them up for me.
L-systems are quite an interesting attempt to model plant growth and aren't just a method for making neat digital stuff. I make a point of trying not to duplicate what others have already published on the internet; you can find all kinds of links on Google to information about L-systems. My unique contribution is a few pictures and some crazy-talk.