Man I just gotta say. this is easily one of the coolest fractals i've ever seen. its rare that fractals actually come out with a tangible believable shape, even rarer when they actually seem to congeal into such a cool, fantastic design.
I'm a freelance 3D developer and operate a store in SL. I've been working on a new build for our main store, and hit a snag but this just might be the inspiration i needed to finalize the design.
the design i have is already pretty similar to this- a open woven dome made of interweving tubules of stone, atop which sits a massive 'world tree' that's hollow.
Just imagine your model here, with the tree sitting on top of and growing all around the bulb, roots twining down the lattice structure of the bone/stone, and waterfalls pouring out of holes all around the bottom half.
Fuckin love your renders. I'd love to get this as a 3D printed object X3
Thank you - the sculpture your'e describing sounds very interesting - would be curious to see it if you're done! Just in case - this object might be printable - no colors though MB3D Amazing Surface. I think I followed all printing specs of Shapeways but I didn't do a test order. In case it fails you'd receive a voucher, not sure if there's a way for money back - something I dislike about Shapeways. I might be able to fix it in case for a second attempt.
I love these renders. Truly amazing stuff, and great renders overall. This one may top the cake. So cool, I almost want to try and model it as best I could just to see if I can. haha. No way to recreate those ultrafine details. Well, maybe with lots of work in something like Zbrush... don't know. My computer would probably roll over and die in the process though.
In raytracing you might be able to generate such recursive structures using Structure Synth. To get an overview there is a group on Flickr (click). Another example - I once did this using Structure Synth for the cube object and the Sunflow renderer for the image.