May 7, 2018
Scroll down to see what I think the purpose of these things might be. And if you are curious about the iridescence, look at my reply to Bluebrightly’s comment on yesterday’s post.
The long story about the possible purpose of these things starts with the following two photographs.
I took the photograph of the centaur and its home on the dumpster before walking from the parking lot into the Oberlin Dollar General store. While I was paying for my purchase, one of the store employees came up to me all grins and asked if I was with “the remodel team.” When I conveyed total puzzlement, she went on: “We saw you taking photographs of the dumpster and wondered if you were with the remodel team; this store is about to be remodeled.” And that’s why a dumpster was parked in the parking lot. Try saying with a straight face that you just like to photograph dumpsters. I had to add that I photograph other things, too.
So, back to what beats me. I wonder if these things are used to move everything out of the store while it is being remodeled. I can’t figure out how they would work, but they are another new addition to the parking area of the store. I could have gone back into the store for clarification, starting with, “I just took some pictures of those . . .” Nah, I didn’t think so. Why push my luck.
May 6, 2018
November 8, 2017
I saw some Leptothrix discophora films at Schoepfle Garden last month. Here is one patch, with details of the overall photograph beneath.
October 16, 2016
This dumpster wasn’t around the last time I photographed dumpsters in Oberlin. How nice to meet it.
November 9, 2015
Sometimes a Leptothrix discophora film can look colorful but very shear, very translucent. Why? I don’t know. (For that matter, I don’t know why some of the L. discophora films look opaque.) The first photo shows what I mean. The other four photographs show a film where much or all of the water has run out from underneath it as the river recedes from the bank so that the film rests on rocks or soil.
November 1, 2015
I saw more manifestations of Leptothrix discophora September 18 than I showed last week. Here are five more views of it. The sixth photograph shows the iron-oxide precipitate of another oxidizing iron bacterium or bacteria and a lighter precipitate of a different mineral, perhaps aluminite, which has made its appearance in the Vermilion River riverbed on other occasions. To quote from my book, “Aluminite hasn’t been studied in the Vermilion River, but elsewhere it is known to form around fungal and bacterial masses.”
The talk I gave about my book to the Friends of the Oberlin College Library October 27 was recorded, and the video is now online.
October 26, 2015
No walk downriver would be completely rewarding without finding some stunning biofilms and precipitates of the iron bacteria. This year, as usual, the reward was there.
I’ll be speaking about my book, They Breathe Iron: Artistic and Scientific Encounters with an Ancient Life Form, at the Friends of the Oberlin College Library tomorrow at 4:30 in the Moffett Auditorium of the Mudd Center. If you’ll be in Oberlin then, please come and say hello.
September 21, 2015
September 14, 2015
You can see enough iridescence here for me to include this photo in the series, but what really got me was how clearly you can see the reflections of individual leaves in the water and Leptothrix discophora film.
August 31, 2015
The jewel in its setting: Here is a photograph of another patch of Leptothrix discophora that shows the context, also taken the last day of July.