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This photograph shows a microscopic green alga called Micrasterias. Compared to many other green algae they are relatively big and can span up to one-third of a millimeter across when fully grown, barely noticeable to the naked eye. Their cells show a remarkable symmetry. Each cell consists of two half-cells being mirror images of one another. Due to their majestic size and intricate beauty, they are sometimes referred to as the queen of algae. Micrasterias are not to be expected in polluted and nutrient-rich waters that grow thick of other single-cell algal groups. In contrast, Micrasterias have to be looked for in clear waters, preferably in those with luxurious, submerged vegetation of aquatic plants. A place suitable for a queen.
The photograph was captured using fluorescence microscopy. The chlorophyll within the cell fluoresces in red when illuminated by ultraviolet light. The upper half of the cell is less developed than the bottom half due to a recent cell-division. The upper half is still growing and has not yet reached its full glory. The size of the Micrasterias is about 0.22 mm from top to bottom.
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.