Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gorgeous: green

intestinalis algae close-up, originally uploaded by Vilseskogen.

Who decides what is gorgeous? We all do. I think this is gorgeous, this green algae shaped like long tubes and filled with gas from its photosynthesis, but when you slip on this near the ocean you think it is less gorgeous. It can fill whole little cliff ponds along the edge of the ocean with green, and among it you can find little crustaceans, snails, fishes, and other creatures that can survive extreme temperatures and saltlevels. When a big wave breaks at high water, fresh seawater can flush in to the pool, but the rest of the time the algae lives there in its own little unstable ecosystem. These green abstract shapes and colors are living beauty to me.

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