If you back out far enough to see some of the shape the atoms are forming, you are too far away to see them. So I made them reflect a common tree. And like looking at shapes in the clouds, it's easy to see things in the tree as well.
An actual 3d fractal flame, hovering over an ocean. It's actually a composite of 3 renders, one of the 3d fractal, one of an ocean at the same angle, and a 2d version of the fractal used to cast reflections in the water.
This started as an experiment with steam. Part of my Onyx Table series. This is a remake of the 1999 original. So it would work better with wider formats, I added a reflection in the back as well as modeling a better cup.