Ant

The first picture is of an ant’s head and body, and the second is a closeup of the front of it’s head, with some legs in the way. The ant was found on a flower in the parking lot of Caltech’s Athenaeum at approximately 3am on Friday, May 31st. It was killed : ( placed…

Pink Flower Petal

Here we see a closeup image of a pink flower petal. You can make out a vaguely cellular structure and the pink color of the petal. This flower was obtained from the parking lot of Caltech’s Athenaeum at approximately 3am on Friday, May 31st. A petal was plucked off, placed on a slide, covered with…

Grains of Salt

A few grains of salt were obtained from a shaker in Blacker Dining Hall at approximately 11pm on Friday, May 31st. The grains were placed on a slide, covered by a slip, and viewed through a Foldscope; a phone flashlight was the external lightsource. In the first image, you can make out a few grains…

A Strand of My Hair!

This is a magnified image of two strands of my hair. You can kind of make out the blue/grey color. I plucked the sample from my head at approximately 5pm on Friday, May 31st. I taped the sample onto a glass slide, covered it with a cover slip and viewed the slide through a Foldscope,…

Flake of Dead Skin

This photo shows a flake of dandruff from the scalp of a friend. It was obtained at approximately 5pm on Friday, May31st, and gently placed on a clean slide and covered by a cover slip. It was then viewed with a Foldscope, and a phone flashlight was used as an external lightsource. You can roughly…

Hibiscus Anther

This photo depicts the tip of a hisbiscus anther. You can kind of make out pollen grains stuck to the end of it. The sample was obtained from a hibiscus plant outside of Caltech’s Page House at around 3am on Friday, May 31st. An anther was plucked from the plant and placed on a slide,…

Lavender Petal

This image shows the fuzz on the underside of a lavender petal. The little hairs can clearly be made out. This sample of lavender was collected at around 3am on Friday, May 31st from a cluster of plants just North of Caltech’s Chandler Cafe. A piece of the plant was picked off, and a few…

Anther of Small Yellow Flower

The first image in this post depicts part of the anther of a small yellow flower found in the parking lot of Caltech’s Athenaeum. The flower was picked around 3am on Friday, May 31st. A clean cover slip was placed over the sample on the slide and the slide was put into the Foldscope. A…

Flecks of Gold Glitter

This sample was obtained at approximately 1am on Friday, May 31st, in Blacker Dining Hall. I took a bottle of a friends body glitter and placed a drop onto a slide, followed by a cover slip. I placed this into the Foldscope and used a phone flashlight for light. In the first image one can…

Purple Flower Pollen Sample

A flower was picked from the plant pictured above at approximately 3am on Friday, May 31st. The plant resides in the Athenaeum parking lot, on Caltech’s campus. After picking the flower, we rubbed it’s anthers against a clean glass slide until a signifiant amount of pollen had accumulated. A clean cover slip was placed over…

California Poppy Pollen Sample

The sample was collected on May 9th, 2019, at 8:30pm from a California poppy (species: Eschscholzia California) just Northeast of the Olive Walk on Caltech’s campus (exact location: 34.136890, -118.122462). The sample was obtained by lightly brushing a few of the plant’s anthers against a clean glass slide until enough pollen had accumulated on the…

Life in the Turtle Pond?

At approximately 7:30pm on Monday, April 8th, a water sample was acquired from the Caltech turtle pond and brought back to Broad in a small plastic container. The sample was then dispensed onto a glass slide and viewed through a Foldscope. An iPhone camera was used to obtain the above images of the sample. I…