Streaks of coral mucus (in folds), the small green dots (prokaryotes), the larger orange spheres (most likely eukaryotic cells of some kind) - an image obtained today by the eclair-making postdoc (who hasn't brought in eclairs in a long, long time).
It's own universe.
The surface mucopolysaccharide layer of the Caribbean reef-building coral, Montastrea faveolata.
The universe in this image is what we are trying to understand. It's funny how we're studying the microscopic members of this mysterious universe, but here I am tonight, looking at this image - sensing the vastness of it all.
It's like wandering into a strange and new world.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. - Albert Einstein