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Golden algae are a large group of algae, found mostly in freshwater environments. This photograph shows the species Dinobryon Divergens and is a colony of individual cells. During colony formation, an existing cell divides and one of the two daughter cells slides to the opening of the protective shell and starts to construct a new one. With further divisions, the colony starts to grow in a tree-like form. Colonies can have as many as 50 cells, each living its own life. Each cell is propelled by two flagella pulling the entire colony through the water in order to find good light.
Dinobryon Divergens is a mixotrophic organism, meaning that it is photosynthetic as well as having the ability to ingest food. When the light energy or nutrients are limited, it starts eating bacteria to survive. Research shows that a colony can eat thousands of bacteria every hour if needed, providing as much as 50% of its energy requirements. Dinobryon is a potent force in controlling bacterial numbers in freshwater lakes and ponds. The entire Dinobryon colony measures just under 0.2 mm in length.
I have always been curious about the invisible. As a scientist by heart and education, I am inspired by looking beyond what you can see with the naked eye, whether it is distant stars or microscopic life forms. My work focus on unveiling the beautiful treasures of nature. A place where art and science meet. Photography brings an artistic sense to science and through my photographs, I aim to spark curiosity and create awareness of the ecological significance of microscopic life forms. My images are all about small life forms telling grand stories. The amazing thing is, it’s so close ...
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.