“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a drainage ditch or a horse trough, it’s worth having a look. Most of the world would never see the beauty there.” – Klaus Kemp
Ah, just the kind of thing an artist/scientist/innovator would say!
Have you ever heard of “diatoms?” They’re these tiny organisms with hard cell walls that form jewel-like, geometric patterns. These are akin to the tiniest, most exquisite sculptures on earth!
More simply put, diatoms are various forms of algae with distinctive, transparent cell walls made of silica, the main component of glass.
Just look at that photo! In actuality, it’s the size of a head of a pin and covered with over one hundred diatoms, each wondrously unique and complex.
Now, you’d be right to wonder where we are going with this celebration of single-celled organisms, but you’d be wrong to think this article is about science. We’ve got another amazing thought-leader to introduce you to, who has thought way outside the box and used diatoms in an amazing way.
Before we get started, so you can appreciate the video we are pointing you to today on EWC, here’s an even closer view of various single diatoms under very high powered magnification:
“The Diatomist” is a short film about Klaus Kemp, master of an art made popular in the Victorian era, wherein an artist arranges beautiful shapes and sizes of diatoms to create petite works of art. I could expand on diatoms, but this piece, produced by Matthew Killip, will tell it best:
More beauty of another kind here on Ever Widening Circles! And as the artist points out in our opening quote, we might find these in a drainage ditch or a horse trough if we knew how to look for them.
It reminds me that beauty is not all about flowers and lovely things that our eyes easily pick up.
It can be about patterns in places we can not imagine.
Beauty can be about the way things work out.
Beauty can be an image of perfection that we hold in our minds when all around us seems bleak.
It may even be a promise of a faithful dog’s greeting when we arrive home.
If beauty can be found in algae, it must be all around us in forms we have yet to imagine.
Here’s a trick I use when I need to hold up in dark places:
“Keep an image of something beautiful ready in your mind, something you can almost see and smell when you are faced with cruelty or ugliness. Then you can endure to find beauty another day.”
Thanks for sharing a little wonder from the natural world with us today.
We’d like to say thank you to a great friend to EWC who sent us the link to today’s remarkable video. (Thanks, Chad!)
You too can send us a simple link and we will take it from there! This is how we will change the negative dialogue about our world: sharing one, still amazing, thing after another.
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~ Dr. Lynda
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