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Billions and billions of bacterial landscape architects pruning — no less in environments poisoned with antibiotics — other bacterial landscape architects, dead or alive, to form dazzling arabesque parterres. The self-organizing embroidery of organisms in constant Darwinian mode.








Look for them in the spring catalogues of Martha Stewart Living.


Yet More Gardens-in-a-Petri
  • Sumire
  • March 1, 2006 at 1:23:00 PM CST
  • This is a wonderful blog.


  • Svea Vikander
  • March 1, 2006 at 1:27:00 PM CST
  • This is absolutely amazing.

  • dancingmorganmouse
  • March 1, 2006 at 4:55:00 PM CST
  • These are beautiful - your wonderful blog has bolstered my theory that aimless wandering through the internet unearths true gems.

  • Dr. Nazli
  • March 1, 2006 at 8:27:00 PM CST
  • beautiful minds see beautiful pictures


  • Babs
  • March 2, 2006 at 1:44:00 AM CST
  • How captivating you are. Thankyou for sharing.

  • Nattie
  • March 2, 2006 at 11:49:00 AM CST
  • Those photographs are absolutely amazing :) Your blog is so really great! Congrats on becoming a "Blog of note"

    best regards

  • Ezronia
  • March 2, 2006 at 5:31:00 PM CST
  • I have put your link on my blog...beautiful, inspiring please continue...

  • Hankispank
  • March 2, 2006 at 8:14:00 PM CST
  • These are awesome can you upload and share with our media community at They too would appreciate your art:)

  • Jamie A. MacD.
  • March 2, 2006 at 8:24:00 PM CST
  • This is stunning to say the least! Incredible where we can find beauty, life is full of it, just open your eyes and accept it.

  • Anonymous
  • March 3, 2006 at 4:24:00 AM CST
  • Very nice. This is something that has always fascinated me, how beautiful and complex structures can be formed from a basic environment with simple rules.
    In computer science, the same thing can happen, beautiful images can be created from very simple fractal equations. Also see the 'game of life', were a grid is defined and a few simple rules are set, complex behaviour can appear. Proof to me that complex systems do not require design.

  • bluewyvern
  • March 3, 2006 at 8:37:00 AM CST
  • Very beautiful! I also just discovered your blog (through someone's post, I can't remember whose -- not through Blogger), and I am very impressed. Great stuff.

  • Alicia
  • March 4, 2006 at 8:51:00 AM CST
  • Beautiful. I never imagined doing anything but cringing when seeing things in a petri dish. Thanks for sharing your intricate designs.

  • Anonymous
  • March 4, 2006 at 2:57:00 PM CST
  • Landscape Architects don't prune, they designps. Landscapers prune.

  • Oded Sharon
  • March 6, 2006 at 2:37:00 PM CST
  • i KNEW it was familiar !
    Quoting the blog you linked:
    "All images come from the laboratory of Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of the Tel-Aviv University,"

    Eshel Ben Yaakov was my statistical mechanics proffesor, while I studied my BSC in physics 4 years ago.
    I saw these pictures every day on his office door, and had the pleasure of seeing these bacterial petri dishes myself..

    Small world.

  • March 9, 2006 at 10:02:00 AM CST
  • These are fantastic images! Thanks for posting them.

    (Here by way of J. Kottke, by the way.)


  • Cindy
  • March 20, 2006 at 10:12:00 PM CST
  • absolutely delightful! They're beautiful, thanks for sharing these most extraordinary photos.

  • Scott
  • September 22, 2006 at 9:32:00 PM CDT
  • amazing blog - keep up the good work

  • MaMdhu™
  • October 7, 2006 at 11:35:00 AM CDT
  • WOW Great stuff...Really nice..I came across this blog while stumbling.

  • dali
  • December 16, 2006 at 10:55:00 PM CST
  • these are so beautiful, who knew germs were a gorgeous bunch.

  • MIC
  • February 5, 2007 at 9:38:00 AM CST
  • Congratulations for your fantastic work!! Im an artist from Argentina and y olso work with microorganisms such as fungus. I would like to contact with you. Mi email is
    Here is some of my work.
    Good luck!!!

  • Addictive Picasso
  • March 7, 2007 at 11:47:00 PM CST
  • This thread is great.

    if you feel like being lateral, take a look at

    naturalistic objects set against the sky start to look like strands of matter in a petri dish

  • Keith
  • March 10, 2007 at 7:55:00 PM CST
  • Amazing mold. Some of them remind me of my shower curtain.

  • Blue Buffalo
  • March 14, 2007 at 8:32:00 AM CDT
  • These are beautiful - so detailed and intricate. There is so much beauty in nature.

  • Quicknails
  • December 4, 2007 at 12:58:00 PM CST
  • Let us see nature in all free spirits

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