Photos and Video of sample of pond water from Stowe Pool, Lichfield, at 100x magnification bright field and attempted phase contrast 15/1/17

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!

Andy

Video links:

  1. https://youtu.be/fb-H1vwyYpc
  2. https://youtu.be/vCLYnL7mLKo
  3. https://youtu.be/xtSRTG3WXnk
  4. https://youtu.be/VjYgajWgec8

Photos:

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Feeding on vegetation in pond water phase contrast 150117 Long thin creature feeding off vegetation in pond water 150117 Rectangular objects in pond water bright field 150117 Rectangular objects in pond water phase contrast setting A 150117 Rectangular objects in pond water phase contrast setting B 150117 Vegetation in pond water bright field 150117 Vegetation in pond water phase contrast 150117

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