Microscopic masterpieces

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

If you’re anything like me, you appreciate the finer things in life: the blue resin channels of a pine needle, the hairs on a fly’s foot, the carpospores of an algae, the cilia of a rotifer.

For some of the most beautiful photographs I’ve seen of the micro-world, visit the Micropolitan Museum of Microscopic Art Forms. This website, presented by the Institute for the Promotion of the Less Than One Millimetre, is the creation of artist and curator Wim van Egmond and highlights the microscopic art of the ocean, freshwater, insects, and plants.

Freshwater crustaceans, The Micropolitan Museum

While you’re there, be sure to stop by the Hall of Arthopods and the Water flea Circus, but don’t go into the Bacteria Basement – that’s where all the trouble organisms hang out.

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