Canterbury bells

The Canterbury Bells also known as bellflowers are absolutely beautiful. They come in shades of blues, purples, white, and pink. I first took a look at the sepal of the flower and noticed something very interesting. The sepal looked like it had hair on it. Just as Flies have protecting hair on its legs it…

Foldscope kuppam (DC micronauts)

My father and I went to Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh (India) to hold a foldscope workshop for rural kids at the Agastya International Foundation (AIF) on the 11th of August. We went there with the wildlife expert Dr. R Bhanumathi. We had 36 people in total, 21 students and 15 teachers. We split the group into two: 18 with my…

Marigold 🏵

There are many beautiful flowers in Maryland. One of my favorites is the Marigold. I wanted to examine the petal of the flower. At first when I foldscoped the petal it was very hard to see because the cells were yellow. Then I added one drop of methylene blue and I let it soak for…

Candytuft Iberis🌺

For the 13 years that I have lived, I have never seen a flower so magnificent and eye  catching. I probably have seen this flower before but have not paid attention to it until a few days ago when I had this flaming motivation to figure out everything I could about this flower. Thanks to…

Daffodil Dissection 🌻

       If you walk around during spring time in Maryland you will see Daffodils in almost any residential area you go to.🏵   Daffodils are not native to Maryland or even North America. They are actually native to the Mediterranean and parts of Europe, and it is the national flower of Wales.    …

Pink cherry blossom 🌼

    Every morning I look outside and see the cherry blossoms, the beautiful flowers swaying in the wind and you can smell their scent (stench)  from a mile away. Now wouldn’t you want to take a closer look at these flowers? I mean we can clearly see the outside but what about the inside?…

Pollen projection

Daffodil projection Due to the early spring like weather flowers are blooming early. My sister took the pollen from the daffodil and put it on a slide. My father and I have found a way to project the pictures on the wall. DOI: 10.15200/winn.145806.66539 provided by The Winnower, a DIY scholarly publishing platform

Ginger roots

    ~ I first took a picture of the gingers outer skin.  ~I took thin slices using a microtome and cut the inner layer of the ginger. I first took pictures of it unstained and then stained it with toluidine which is a dark blue stain. I let it soak for 2 minutes. As…

Calcium oxalate

I was looking at the outer skin of the onion also called tunic. I saw white rectangular shapes on it. I found out its called calcium oxalate crystals,  a colorless crystalline salt. I found many on the tunic of the onion.😀 I hope you enjoy my first time posting. -vaishnavi (13 years)