Monday 6 January 2014


Have you ever looked closely at mould?

Look closer...

Classic pin mould, like you often find on decomposing fruit, is an amazing micro machine. The head of each pin contains the developing spores which are released to spread the mold. This release process ranges from the gentle to the extreme, from a gentle puff of spores to one of the fastest events in the natural world. The hat thrower fungus pin head fires off the end of the pins with an acceleration of 0 to 45 mph in less than 1 mm; an acceleration of over 20,000 g.

Software used:
UFRaw: Raw to tiff conversion of raw camera files.
ImageJ: Focus stacking.
Hugin: Panorama stiching.

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