Miscellany and Chat forum: Microphotography

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Mar 4, 2013 11:21 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
A new hobby I've run across recently... I've always been a lover of little things and seeing the world from a small perspective (perhaps because I'm a tiny person myself Hilarious! ). I've borrowed a small USB-powered microscope from my work recently, and am pointing it at everything I can find. Here's a sampling of photos I've taken - the first set are reposted from Ella's Garden, but new photos are below.

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Root hairs on a Four O'clock seedling

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More root hairs on a very confused garlic chive (it's growing roots-up right now, but I'm sure it'll sort out)

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I might have over-planted these poppies...

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Root nodules on vetch (a wild legume, but all peas and beans have the same structures).

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Root nodules, a bit closer in

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Spanish moss. The scaly texture helps it collect and hold water droplets from the air.

I love the textures that this thing can pick up...

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My scarf (acrylic fiber)

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My wedding band (braided white gold with a few years of wear)

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Ballpoint ink on a Post-it note

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Carbonate rock (from a hydrothermal vent chimney!!!)

And lastly, a small collection of lichens.

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Anyone else see a chameleon in this lichen?

Mar 4, 2013 11:27 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
From around my garden. Most things are out of season right now, so this is a mix of overwintered plant parts and early spring growth.

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Mar 4, 2013 11:33 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
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Grass (no idea on type):
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Henbit (one of this hen's favorite common names Hilarious! ):
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I twisted the stem to make the square corners more apparent.
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Mar 4, 2013 11:41 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
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Unidentified wildflower (something in the viola family?)
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Unidentified evergreen hedge plant:
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The stomata (holes for air exchange) on the leaf are visible in this one
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Sweet gum seed pod:
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Dogwood flower bud:
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Dogwood branchlet with leaf buds:
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Mar 4, 2013 11:48 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Pine seedling:
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A different unidentified evergreen hedge (they came with the house and I never bothered to figure it out *Blush* ):
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Underside of hedge leaf:
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Mar 4, 2013 11:55 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
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My overwintered sage isn't doing very well. Chlorotic leaf:

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Moldy leaf:
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Leaf underside with mites:
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Bronze fennel:
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Mar 4, 2013 12:02 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Unidentified wildflower:
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This was a very tender plant - it wilted in the few minutes between picking and getting a photo.
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Hosta seed:
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Hosta plant - black spots are likely fungal:
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Soil and mold on sweet potato skin:
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Luffa sponge:
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Dishwater (soap bubbles and oil drops):
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Rat hairs:
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Whisker, guard hair and fluffy undercoat:
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Mar 4, 2013 4:25 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
those are some amazing pictures. always fascinating to see things under the microscope.
Mar 18, 2013 4:59 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Some amazing visuals
Yes I did see the chameleon in the above post , even before I read the question.
I remember when the kids were young we had a microscope that hooked up to a computer , we spent months just looking at everything close up. A few things were brought inside I had to say no to'' take that back out''. And some food you just never feel the same about after seeing it Rolling my eyes.

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