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Plants don’t always seem particularly charismatic, but hidden from us in their slow-motion and chemical activities are incredible mechanisms that sense and respond to the world around them. Plants move in response to light, bending and stretching to get maximum sunlight. This phototropism extends all the way down to much smaller photosynthetic organisms. Like other bacteria, many species of photosynthetic cyanobacteria can swim and swarm to move towards areas where more food–sunlight–is available.

This article from Scientific American demonstrates how these properties can be used to make incredible works of living art.

On a related note, a recent BBC documentary "How to Grow a Planet" featured some absolutely stunning footage of cholorplasts responding to light;

The entire documentary is worth a watch and deals with the evolution of plant life and how they set the stage for more complex life by altering our atmosphere and pumping it full of oxygen. A journey through time from when our planet was nothing but a barren rock, to early plant life, the ferns in giant insect infested jungles and ultimately to the massive trees of forests roamed by dinosaurs in the Jurassic age.

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Plants, the new frontier.
Show looks great - saved for later tonight over dinner :)
Also, that living photography blog post is a really good and interesting piece - I'd love to try my hand at that one day!
just finished watching.... superb this is
I never thought of plants as land invaders until now. I admire their root system motif and light harvesting potential. Their renewable nature is almost certainly written in the future of the human race.
+Norman Ma I like your phrasing. People often forget that up until fossil resources fueled the Industrial Revolution, biofuels and animal power reigned. And as you say, we are returning to the frontier, a path that perhaps should have never been disrupted in the first place. Anywho, people like me got a lot of work to do now that the bar has been raised to unsustainable levels.
Watched it over dinner last night; will be watching #2 tonight and #3 tomorrow night :)
The adventures of ... the green hero of our planet: "how he conquered the land, transformed rock into soil, feeding the explosion of life", and how he won "the titanic evolutionary battle" against the dinosaurs.
If it wasn't true, it would surely make one hell of an amazing epic!
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