Vincent Van Gogh painted sunflowers, and Claude Monet painted irises. Rob Kesseler paints seeds, only he uses electrons to do so.
Working with the Millennium Seed Bank, Kesseler takes scanning electron microscope images of plant seeds on the microscopic scale. He digitally paints them in order to bring out their unique physical and biological traits: Leafy wings that evolved to carry them aloft on the wind, spikes to hitch a ride on an animal’s coat, or a burly coat to survive a trip through the digestive system of a herbivore.
Scientists Germinate 2,000 Year-Old Seed … It Actually Grows
I can’t even keep a freakin’ herb garden alive and these guys are growing Magnolia Kobus via nearly-fossilized seeds found among dead rice in a Japanese village. Funny thing happened when they grew it up: It looked different than its descendants do today.
A consequence of “time-travel damage”? Or a look into the past? Who knows? I’ll let David Attenborough tell you the rest …
(video via ratdavid9)