A Closer Look

"Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain."   -- Henry David Thoreau

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Microscope and camera


Wasp's foot:


Wasp's wing (helicon focus):

Stinkbug foot:


Stinkbug wings:


Stinkbug antenna and "knee" joints:


Epithelial cells inside cheek:                Drop of rainwater:                                Mold spores:


 Spider "knee":




Dandelion stamen


Bluejay feather (for Jess)


Cherry blossom stamen


Little white flower stamen (garlic-mustard):


Little blue flower pistil:



Beetle foot:


Ant foot:


Dandelion seed and seed's "parachute":


Miscellaneous Insects from Fly Catcher Tray






Mysterious Creatures

 (later identified as a Stellate Trichome - plant - which has been identified in 90 million-year-old amber)


Sunday May 13 - I find my first living creatures in the rainwater/soil mix:

A nest of Rotifers:  http://hermitdog.com/microscope/Nest.mp4  (4 minutes)

A very frisky Rotifer:  http://hermitdog.com/microscope/Rotifer_1.mp4  (4 minutes)







Wild Daisy




Memorial Day Weekend - Swamp in a Bowl

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Video of [dying?] rotifer (3 minutes) :  http://hermitdog.com/microscope/Rotifer.mp4

and this more frisky one:  http://hermitdog.com/microscope/Rotifer_May27_2018.mp4

Memorial Day - While hunting in vain for tardigrades, I came upon this critter and made a video of it:

2-minute video:  http://hermitdog.com/microscope/Onychodromos grandis.mp4

June 1st - Friday - First Tick of 2018


Video of the Tick:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmXYbUzvrUs

While waiting for YouTube to upload and process that video, I made a list of nine software programs I use to make each still image, and here it is:

AmScope 3.7 - camera software for capturing the microscope's images

Helicon Focus - stacking and rendering various depth of field levels

SnagIt - to capture the image Helicon makes

Paintshop Pro - to erase spots and dirt on the image

Windows 10's image editor and enhancer

SnagIt, again - capture the Windows 10 image and add a label

Thumbs Plus - reduce size to 100 pixel width for web page thumbnails

Filezilla - upload all images and thumbnails to hermitdog.com

Microsoft's Expression Web - to make web pages like this one

Feeling like you could use a break from the micro-world?

Why not try this MACRO-world parody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlzVp6g5e8o&list=RDKcehlTQs1og&index=29

Five hours later, the tick was still alive, so I made a shorter, brighter, better-focused vid with background music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX6oj8JtzHo&feature=youtu.be

June 3 - Sunday: 

 A fly's foot through a new 60x objective: 

Queen Anne's lace


Here's a vorticella I found on my very first darkfield excursion:  http://hermitdog.com/Vorticella_2.mp4

Here are two Dididia I found this afternoon. (2 minutes):


From a separate water sample, another Didinium:


June 18, 2018 - Hottest day of the year, so far:

I moved all microscope equipment to the bedroom and turned up the AC.  During the day I made several videos. Here are a few of them:

A swarm of bacteria in a puddle (60x - 1 minute)): https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=iwrxLLEg2o0

Didinium feeding (1 1/2 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq6fMgnUt2s

Bacteria at four magnification settings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_D6No54jJQ

A very popular bubble:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nryt5MYEgCU

Mosquito larva

Video (2 1/2 minutes):  https://youtu.be/vDpIUEYIhNQ   

Eye:      Neck:      Midsection:      Tails:

During my walk this morning, I picked a chicory flower to get a closer look at its pistil:


Wednesday, June 21, 2018:  This morning I brought back a white morning glory:


Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Another hot, humid day.  I stepped outside to pick a wild lily and some driveway moss:



Thursday, July 19, 2018 - I spend an afternoon with a gnat








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