Sunday, August 2, 2009
The Unseen World
When I photographed the flowers--a cousin of the black or brown-eyed Susan-- I had no idea that the plant was being harvested by aphids. At a distance the stems appeared to have brown haris. It was not until I looked at the image on my screen that I discovered "the other world." I had an experience akin to 17th-18th century microscopists. No wonder Charles II wanted Boyle to make more drawings for him of the minute world that was discovered through the wonderful new instrument, the micoscope.