Life With Diatoms

"Science is spectrum analysis.
Art is photosynthesis".

-Karl Krauss

Diatoms are the tumbling, shining, intricate glass-like algae that make much of the air that we breathe.

There are many different species, and they each make a "skeleton" of sorts close to opal in composition. Victorian men liked to collect different kinds, and lay them out on black paper with the aid of a microscope.

For me, their beauty rests in their shining delicate shapes, and their vital oxygen production that we need to live.

--Glendon Mellow