Normally, when you look down on something small, that perspective contaminates your view. The
expression look down on itself conveys our haughty disdain for lesser landscapes. The borescope
brings us to an unfamiliar terrain, one where we can see fungi with the respect they deserve. So this
neglected little purple mold growing in a leaf fold becomes wondrous. However, I'm here to tell
you, you can go further. At my favorite point of view—my compound microscope—this purple
fluff is heart-stoppingly beautiful. Imagine its tubular fingers prickled evenly with hundreds of
infinitesimal spines. From each is synchronously growing an exquisite round spore balloon,
like the masterwork of an alien glassblower. O my heart!