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Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand

Posted by Richard Conniff on May 1, 2014

A drop of ocean water magnified 25 times. (Photo: David Liittschwager)

A drop of ocean water magnified 25 times. (Photo: David Liittschwager)

I just love the cartoon-like character of this photograph from David Liittschwager.  (Check out his book, A World In One Cubic Meter.)

It’s the world in a single drop of ocean water, alive with crab larva, diatoms, bacteria, fish eggs, zooplankton, and worms.

It reminds me of the lines in William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence”:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

And it also looks a bit like a Saul Steinberg drawing:

(Illustration: Saul Steinberg)

(Illustration: Saul Steinberg)

 


 

One Response to “Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand”

  1. Reality check: http://deepseanews.com/2014/05/the-sea-is-full-of-life-but-not-quite-that-full/

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