The great thing about a microscope is that it still can be used when it is raining, like today! Not even a solar scope can do that!
I grabbed a petri dish (well plastic flat sweet dish from children’s Christmas presents – removing sweets first) and scooped up some pond water from Stowe Pool in Lichfield and here is what I found (below). Photos below are either bright field or one of the two phase contrast modes available on the Zeiss IM microscope.
I have also listed four links to live action video of a ciliated organism in the sample – all these are on Youtube so do not need to be downloaded to view.
What did I feel when I saw these images?
It was like my first views of Saturn. Wow! Wow! Wow!