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Nicotiana alata, up close and personal
January 29, 2009 7:47 AM   Subscribe

Three scanning electron microscope images of the plant Nicotiana alata.
posted by Brandon Blatcher (47 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
For those interested: "Nicotiana alata is a species of tobacco. It is commonly called Winged Tobacco, Jasmine Tobacco, tanbaku and sometimes Persian Tobacco."
posted by tybeet at 7:50 AM on January 29, 2009


The vascular bundles contain the phloem (nearest the cortex) and xylem.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 8:01 AM on January 29, 2009


I like phloem by can't stand that stain-causing xlyem!
posted by zerobyproxy at 8:05 AM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Well, yes, another bunch of grey photos of plants, I don't see why this is a big OH MY GOD IT'S GOING TO EAT ME

Why does organic matter get really creepy and disturbing-looking when it's got a whole lot of holes in it? Because those photos freak me out.
posted by ardgedee at 8:05 AM on January 29, 2009


[SLEM]
posted by wastelands at 8:07 AM on January 29, 2009


You go up a directory and theres heaps more-
http://remf.dartmouth.edu/images/
posted by phyle at 8:07 AM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


lots more cool stuff at the parent directory.
posted by scose at 8:08 AM on January 29, 2009


I was looking at these and thinking uh, so what? until I actually clicked one of the pictures and it got gigantic..now the Elder Ones see into me from within their non-Euclidean abyss.
posted by jquinby at 8:09 AM on January 29, 2009 [7 favorites]


All those holes are gettin' me hot.
posted by orme at 8:10 AM on January 29, 2009


scose- great minds
posted by phyle at 8:16 AM on January 29, 2009


Why does organic matter get really creepy and disturbing-looking when it's got a whole lot of holes in it? Because those photos freak me out.

Yeah, I know. SEM imagery goes on that list of things that, while I appreciate them in principle and can handle them in small, bewondered doses, nonetheless just give me the fucking heebie jeebies. Something organic going on there at a scale that my mind just wants to reject utterly.
posted by cortex at 8:18 AM on January 29, 2009


Flickr pool. Ick!
posted by ColdChef at 8:18 AM on January 29, 2009


So, I could smoke it?
posted by From Bklyn at 8:20 AM on January 29, 2009


The only plant that is as terrifying on the macro scale is the dreaded lotus seed pod or lotus jimwoodringus.
posted by fleetmouse at 8:24 AM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


fleetmouse: "The only plant that is as terrifying on the macro scale is the dreaded lotus seed pod or lotus jimwoodringus."

Oh, yes. Very much so. Have you seen these things recolored and photoshopped onto a person's flesh? Really, really nasty. The only thing worse is when someone animates worms peeking in and out of them.
posted by Science! at 8:30 AM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


lotus jimwoodringus

Ugh. Everything in Frank has creepy and unnecessary symmetry, ink blots running riot.
posted by kid ichorous at 8:30 AM on January 29, 2009


fleetmouse, those things totally invaded the earth in the '50s, didn't they?
posted by Mister_A at 8:30 AM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


yes, Science!, this page (NSFW) makes me shudder...
posted by scose at 8:36 AM on January 29, 2009



"Why does organic matter get really creepy and disturbing-looking when it's got a whole lot of holes in it? Because those photos freak me out."

I think there's something biologically repellent about holes in organic material , because the repulsion is so primal. Like those frogs who hatch babies out of their back through the openings--- UUGHHH!!!!!
Maybe it reminds us of maggot infested food that we know we should avoid.
posted by Liquidwolf at 8:38 AM on January 29, 2009


"yes, Science!, this page (NSFW) makes me shudder..."

I'm traumatized, I mean seriously fucking shook. You should have given a better warning.
posted by Liquidwolf at 8:40 AM on January 29, 2009


"yes, Science!, this page (NSFW) makes me shudder..."

I'm traumatized, I mean seriously fucking shook. You should have given a better warning.
posted by Liquidwolf at 10:40 AM on January 29


It's okay. It's fake.
posted by ColdChef at 8:44 AM on January 29, 2009


"It's okay. It's fake."
That's what I was hoping , looked a little too clean to be real, but I didn't want to investigate.
posted by Liquidwolf at 8:45 AM on January 29, 2009


<>This was worth going up a level and poking around the folders for. I want a poster of that image.
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:48 AM on January 29, 2009


Err... this.
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:51 AM on January 29, 2009


My God, it's full of tars!
posted by newmoistness at 8:51 AM on January 29, 2009 [6 favorites]


And this, too... man, these are cool!
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:53 AM on January 29, 2009


Everything in Frank has creepy and unnecessary symmetry, ink blots running riot.

Yes, all those uncanny living mandalas. I wonder what Lovecraft would have made of Jim's art. The way he overlays it with a coat of hi-gloss Disney just makes it worse, like a fever dream.
posted by fleetmouse at 9:03 AM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


What the hell is wrong with you people? I didn't find these "creepy" or even particularly interesting. I zoomed in and thought it looked vaguely space-alien like, but it barely even registered until I read the comments here.

WTF?
posted by delmoi at 9:03 AM on January 29, 2009


SPOILERS

It's because you're a cylon, delmoi. I didn't want to be the one to have to tell you, but there it is.
posted by cortex at 9:06 AM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


I find none of this creepy just endlessly fascinating. Am I broken?
posted by sundri at 9:19 AM on January 29, 2009


What the hell is wrong with you people?

I tried, but failed, to find on Youtube that scene from Fire in the Sky where Travis flys weightlessly but out of control across a huge hive chamber and plunges headfirst into a membrane covered cell filled with decaying human gristle.

That kind of creepy.
posted by CynicalKnight at 9:21 AM on January 29, 2009


Like those frogs who hatch babies out of their back through the openings

What.
posted by brundlefly at 9:25 AM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


These are lovely, especially the pollen grains.
posted by oneirodynia at 9:30 AM on January 29, 2009


The first time I saw that lotus seed pod/breast larvae Photoshopping job, I very nearly lost my lunch, and my phobia about holes-in-fleshy-things that started back when I saw a movie where killer ants crawled out of a hole in a dead guy's hand was made all the worse. Maybe when you get right down to it... what I'm really afraid of is bad effects.
posted by katillathehun at 9:31 AM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


yes, Science!, this page (NSFW) makes me shudder...

That forum is "undergoing maintenance." Any help on what this abomination was?
posted by brundlefly at 9:33 AM on January 29, 2009


I think there's something biologically repellent about holes in organic material , because the repulsion is so primal. Like those frogs who hatch babies out of their back through the openings--- UUGHHH!!!!!
Maybe it reminds us of maggot infested food that we know we should avoid.


If you have a misguided "biological" (or not) repulsion to something harmless and inoffensive you should get to work on ridding yourself of it.

Now a repulsion to SMOKING this plant, that's one to keep around.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 9:40 AM on January 29, 2009


Any help on what this abomination was?

I assume it was the image here.
posted by needs more cowbell at 9:47 AM on January 29, 2009


"If you have a misguided "biological" (or not) repulsion to something harmless and inoffensive you should get to work on ridding yourself of it."

Yeah I'll work on that, thanks. But I like i said I think it's part of the human animal wiring since I've heard so any others say the same thing... so it might take me a few hours.
posted by Liquidwolf at 9:51 AM on January 29, 2009


"Why does organic matter get really creepy and disturbing-looking when it's got a whole lot of holes in it? Because those photos freak me out."

I think there's something biologically repellent about holes in organic material , because the repulsion is so primal. Like those frogs who hatch babies out of their back through the openings--- UUGHHH!!!!!


The last I counted, I had (at least) nine holes in me. I am still in denial about my biological repellance, but that doesn't mean it's not true.

*The last time I counted was not very recent.
posted by Bokononist at 10:05 AM on January 29, 2009


Scanning electron micrograph of a mealworm, by me, circa 1996.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 10:20 AM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


I gotta admit this type of stuff really freaks me out. I thought I was all alone, (well, except for my brother.) I wish I knew why it's so freaky.
posted by littlerobothead at 1:08 PM on January 29, 2009


I wish I knew why it's so freaky.

Because we don't have frame of reference for macro small things. We see pictures of this stuff and conceptionally we understand it's very small. But looking at the pictures, we project our own frame of reference size wise and who wants something like this in literally sitting next to you?

Combine that with our own frame of reference that says openings on biological things are mouths and you got scary images.

I actually liked the three original images linked and though they were beautiplex and make me stop and wonder at the marvelous inner workings of life in all its varied forms. YMMV.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:41 PM on January 29, 2009


wow. Once I clicked on the image to make it bigger, that was incredible!
posted by nickyskye at 6:13 PM on January 29, 2009


Yes, all those uncanny living mandalas. I wonder what Lovecraft would have made of Jim's art.

Only in Steven Segal movies are so many household things enlisted into violence. For me the very worst one was called "The Fish," where Woodring takes that innocuous "mime mustache" image and turns it into a creepy facehug.

posted by kid ichorous at 8:01 PM on January 29, 2009


@katillathehun: This is the very same reason my brother and I are still squicked out by this stuff; we saw "Them" at a very early age, replete with its scene of ant holes in a corpse's hand. Not. Cool.
posted by littlerobothead at 8:52 PM on January 29, 2009


This is the very same reason my brother and I are still squicked out by this stuff; we saw "Them" at a very early age, replete with its scene of ant holes in a corpse's hand. Not. Cool.

YES. That's the one. I'd forgotten the name of it. Damn traumatizing it was, too.
posted by katillathehun at 8:58 PM on January 29, 2009


cool...except its not really organic matter yr looking at in these pics...it's GOLD!
posted by sexyrobot at 10:48 PM on January 29, 2009


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