Liquid Pollen

Pollen is a fine, powdery substance produced by the male parts of flowering plants. It contains the plant’s male reproductive cells and serves as a vital agent in the fertilization of plants.

It tends to be present in the air during specific seasons when plants undergo reproduction, typically spring, summer, and fall, though the timing can vary depending on geographic location and local climate conditions.

Pollen grains reach water surfaces through wind transport, rainfall deposition, and direct shedding by plants, either carried by the wind or released directly into water bodies.

Once on the water surface, the surface tension of the water can cause the pollen grains to float or rest on the water’s top layer. Interactions between the water’s surface tension and the physical properties of pollen grains allow them to accumulate and form intricate patterns or abstract formations due to their natural buoyancy and the surface tension forces of the water.

Suldalsvatnet, Norway / 2023

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