In 33 hours I went from photographing corals in Okinawa, Japan 
to quarentaining in Limburg, Belgium.
And so here, the pool becomes the sea.

Flowers become the slowly dying corals.    

Corals are animals that mostly live in symbiosis with algae.
The algae use the corals’ waste for photosynthesis. In return, the corals benefit as the algae produce oxygen and supply the organic products that corals need to grow.

Due to the rising of the ocean temperatures, 
the algae get rejected by the corals which causes the corals to bleach and increase their chance to die. NOAA  

The leaves of the Robinia-tree become the event of the year: coral spawning

Once a year corals reproduce by releasing their eggs and sperm all at the same time.
Coral larvae develop after the coral egg and sperm join together as an embryo. NOAA

The silver balloon becomes an atoll

An atoll is created as a ring of coral surrounds an undersea volcano that has risen above the water's surface.
Long after the volcano has receded into the ocean, the atoll remains. National Geographic

Shadows and dust become the plankton

Deep-sea corals live in much deeper oceanic waters and don’t live in symbiosis with the algae so they 
take in plankton and organic matter for much of their energy needs. NOAA

Tinfoil becomes the fish

Because of the diversity of life found in the habitats created by corals, reefs are often called the "rainforests of the sea."
About 25% of the ocean's fish depend on healthy coral reefs. NOAA

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