July 7, 2017
Kendal at Oberlin publishes a literary magazine, called Eureka!, three times a year. All the artwork and writing is by residents of this retirement community. I’m lucky enough to live at Kendal at Oberlin, and to have had an article with photographs published in the latest issue. The piece reveals the origins of my fascination with the iron bacteria. Since many of you have seen on this blog my photographs of the iridescent film that Leptothrix discophora creates on the surface of water, I thought some of you might be interested in reading about how my engagement started. Just click on the link below to find out. And please forgive my crude post-production edit on the next to the last page. I thought it made the story easier to understand. Below the link to the article is a photo of Leptothrix discophora film that I took last month at Schoepfle Garden.
April 20, 2017
The beech leaves, that is, seen April 2 at Schoepfle Garden. But maybe you were thinking of the song.
February 24, 2017
I have often seen signs that are old and cracked like this one (shown in the first and second photos) at the Star Fish Company. The design of the crazed plastic reminds me of a leaf. The Star Fish Company’s website shows their sign in earlier days. The Star Fish restaurant is one of my two favorite places to eat in Cortez. The seating is picnic tables on a dock. When I go, I always have the blackened mullet, served with hush puppies, cheese grits, and creamy cole slaw. Not the most healthful meal, but one of the most tasty. The other great down-home place to eat in Cortez is the Cortez Café. The name doesn’t even hint at their fantastic spanakopita and Greek salad. . . . But I digress. Here’s another crazy sign. The third photograph below is of a sign in Ohio’s Schoepfle Garden.
November 16, 2016
November 15, 2016
November 14, 2016
November 13, 2016
November 12, 2016
Sometimes a shadow reveals a less-visible Leptothrix discophora film. Someone explained to me why this happens, but I’m afraid I didn’t quite get it. Perhaps one of you knows and can explain it again?
November 11, 2016
I found some of what I had come looking for last month when I waded across the river. The first image is the way I saw the patch of Leptothrix discophora film as I approached. It was surprisingly large for such a young film. Young films look blue or silver or silver blue. The prismatic colors arise when the film thickens as a result of more of its being produced by the Leptothrix discophora bacteria or when the film is broken and pieces of it slide over and under other pieces. The second image is the same patch of film seen from the opposite side. You can appreciate the importance of the angle of the sun relative to the viewer in how the film appears.
November 10, 2016