Saturday, December 10, 2011

Diatom mandala

This beautiful design fits on a microscope slide, and the jewel-like objects that compose it are the shells of tiny marine microbes.

Image from Klaus Kemp's diatom art site. Diatom arrangements like these, along with similar arrangements of butterfly scales, were popular in the Victorian era.

1 comment:

  1. That is gorgeous. I've seen mandala art, but never anything on a microscopic scale.