The Extracellular Polymeric Substance (EPS) building

CBE Chimileski

Lightning storm over the Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University

I had the opportunity to kick-start a biofilm project in the summer of 2012 at the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) at Montana State University.

This building here is exceptional for a few reasons. First of all it has a very giant noodle sculpture in front of it.  This noodle swings around on the center pole in the wind, and as beautiful spontaneous storms shoot down over the Rocky Mountains through Bozeman on warm summer nights, it gets going pretty good (a great time-lapse subject).

Also, the building is known as “EPS.” Now according to Montana State University this stands for Engineering and Physical Sciences. But, come on, it houses a world class biofilm center …  no one is going to convince me it doesn’t really stand for extracellular polymeric substance!

Anyhow, all I can say is Montana is a wilderness wonderland and the CBE is top-notch in every way. Needless to say I sat with my tripod during this storm for quite some time to get some good lightning shots, but looking back, it was a truly magical moment.