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.
Due to bad weather I had to rush out a day early for a week long trip, catching a ferry instead of a plane. This image was supposed to be online before I left, and it got left behind. But I'm back now, and have it uploaded.
Fractal Flame image. This is how I imagine an Atom would photograph, if we could get a live action shot. We never can though, as light can't bounce off all those parts fast enough to be captured like this.
This image rendered for three days on 4 computers before crashing, and losing all the work. I rendered again at wallpaper sizes only, just to get it online. I may never try rendering a commercial version of this one again.