Monday, March 23, 2009
Recently I was asked to photograph a large number of microscopic organisms in the modern HDTV format. It has been at least ten years since I photographed many of these species, so it was nice to return with modern cameras and see what I could do. The Vovlox is a favorite of students, looking like a geodesic dome with replicas of itself in side; it is really a form of algae. When students first look at microscopic algae they think it will just be stationary but the opposite is true. Volvox are very fast moving, each of the cells has two tails that help with transportation. The cells all work together in a colony that spins and bumps through the water. Volvox is a freshwater algae.