Walk at Studland 12 – The wetter areas in the woodland at Studland near Knoll Beach in Dorset are home to shallow standing water pools which either lie still and stagnant or move very slowly. These places are home to iron-breathing bacteria which give a distinct rusty colour to the water and create multi-coloured iridescent surface films. The most common bacteria responsible for these types of film is Leptothrix discophora, although I cannot say that this is definitely responsible for the colours in this location. Linda Grashof has made a special study of the subject and written a book about the phenomenon called They breathe iron – artistic and scientific encounters with an ancient life form.

9 Replies to “Walk at Studland 12”

  1. I love coming across Leptothrix and similar species, especially on a sunny, cold day when the colours glimmer in the light – thank you for sharing your wonderful images. I came across Linda Grashof’s work/website a while ago, but have never read her book, so one to add to the list!

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