2016-288 – Heliozoan Mandala

 - photo by John van den Hoff)
Heliozoan – photo by John van den Hoff

New Week::New Theme: Under a Microscope

Called a heliozoan, this intriguing sun animal, photographed by John van den Hoff of the Australian Antarctic Division of Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy, presents to us a spherical mandala with mandala-like shapes upon its surface and “arms” that radiate outward, continuing the mandala like shape.

From the Encyclopedia Britannica web site about Heliozoans:

Heliozoan, any member of the protozoan class Heliozoea (superclass Actinopoda). Heliozoans are spherical and predominantly freshwater and are found either floating or stalked. They are frequently enveloped by a shell (or test) composed of silica or organic material secreted by the organism in the form of scales or pieces in a gelatinous covering. The secretions exhibit a wide variety of shapes, which may help in species identification. The numerous radiating cytoplasmic masses, called pseudopodia (axopodia), are used more for capturing food than for locomotion. Heliozoans ingest protozoans, algae, and other small organisms and reproduce asexually by binary fission or by budding.

Inspiration For Today

“Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.” – Constantin Stanislavski

From Kerry Hishon about this quote she states:

Just because your role is small, does not make it unimportant. If you fully commit to your character and know exactly why he/she is there in that scene at that time, you’ll be able to make each moment count. Your role could be the turning point of the show.

With a little bit of editing, Kerry’s revised statement becomes today’s inspiration:

Just because our life may seem small, does not make it unimportant. If we fully commit to our life and know exactly why we are here in this life time, we’ll be able to make each moment count. Our life could be the turning point of human existence.

Happy Coloring!

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