Theo Bosboom - Bacterial film


In a small nature area not far from my home (De Bruuk near Groesbeek, Holland) I discovered a layer of baceteria (bacterial film) on the surface of a small water pool. Although it looks chemical, it is a very natural phenomenon. I was fascinated by the beautiful colours and structures and walked around it several times to find a good angle for a picture. I used a polar filter to reduce the reflections and to emphasize the blue tones.

Location: De Bruuk, the Netherlands

Tags: abstract, bacteria, bacterial film, biofilm, blue, patterns, structures, Theo Bosboom

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  1. Sven Zacek said:

    11/06/2011 14:06

    I thought you had found a special rock lichen, but bacterial film clears thing up. The wonder of nature is that it never seizes to surprise me.

  2. Barney Wilczak said:

    11/06/2011 15:22

    How lovely. It's always nice to see really spectacular photographs of under represented subjects!

  3. Sandra said:

    15/06/2011 15:02

    i love this ... the pattern is great ... and the colour combination is just so beautiful ...
    would love to hang this on my wall.
    open for an art exchange? ;-)

  4. Theo Bosboom said:

    15/06/2011 22:33

    Thanks Sandra, yes I am totally open for it! ;-)

  5. Sandra said:

    16/06/2011 00:46

    let's talk about this ... are you coming to lünen? :)

  6. Theo Bosboom said:

    16/06/2011 09:44

    Of course I am coming to Lünen, wouldn't want to miss it!

  7. Leen Bazzi said:

    21/10/2019 20:10

    Hi. I'm a university student making a scientific poster about chemoatutorophs and I was wondering if you could give me permission to use your picture? If so, how should I cite it? Thank you