The Pond Scum Artist
Posted by Richard Conniff on September 22, 2014
This video caught my attention this morning, partly because it reminded me of the beautiful arrangements made by the nineteenth-century naturalist Ernst Haeckel, and partly because it documents an indisputably strange behavior of the species-seeking kind. It’s about a British eccentric who makes microscopic arrangements of diatoms. They are a kind of algae, with simple but symmetrical bodies, and there an estimated 100,000 different species of them at the base of the aquatic food chain.
I like the line at about four minutes: “I just could not get over how nature could produce something that beautiful. Most of the world never sees that beauty.”
We see only pond scum and scrunch up our noses instead..