This experiment grew (ha!) from my previous vine-g and flowerGarden experiments, and actually preceded the Sakura experiment. It draws a randomly branching and meandering vine with leaves and randomly generated flowers using some Flash 8 magic including: run-time DropShadowFilter and BevelFilter; iteratively applied ColorMatrixFilter to fade back older vines; custom bitmap caching (or blitting) to allow continual generation without slowdown.
It also uses a ColorMatrix class I wrote in conjunction with ColorMatrixFilter to hue shift the flowers. I will be releasing this class for free shortly after Flash 8 is released – it is a huge time saver.
The latest Flash 8 player is required. The longer you let this run, the nicer it looks IMHO.
One of the cool things about this experiment is that I can run it at almost any dimension without a performance penalty (except the run-time filters), which allowed me to generate big (1920×1200) desktop images for my 23″ Cinema Display. You can check out these big images and/or download a desktop picture for yourself below.