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Micromolluscs are shelled mollusk which is extremely small even as adults. Many are only about 2 to 3 mm and a few have shells which are as small as one millimeter. Despite their tiny size, many of the shells have an elaborate sculpture as can be seen in this photograph. Because of their small size, micromollusks often remain unnoticed. It often requires great care, patience, and persistence to find micromollusks. Working with them usually also requires special techniques and special equipment compared with that needed for most of the larger-shelled species.
This shelled mollusk was found in a marine water sample collected from a fish farm in Stockholm. The photograph was captured using fluorescence microscopy and illuminated by ultraviolet light. Microalgae and cyanobacteria that grow on the surface of the shell are autofluorescing in red and orange under the ultraviolet light. The shell autofluoresce in blue. The full shell is about 2.2 mm and the visible area in this photograph is about 1.3 mm from left to right
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.