Foldscope Fun At Moss Landing Beach

Hello foldscopers! I decided to explore the Moss Landing Beach because I work near there every day and have yet to explore the beach up close and personal! Moss Landing, California sits at the head of the Monterey Submarine Canyon, which is over twice the size of the Grand Canyon but underwater!  I took this…

Exploring Tide Pools At Carmel Point

Hey there foldscopers! My marine science class had a lot of fun going to explore the tide pools at Carmel Point in Carmel, California! There was so much cool stuff to see! Carmel Point is a Rocky Intertidal ecosystem residing along an erosional coastline and in the center of Carmel Bay. It was raining on...

Folscope Presentation Wins 1st Place in the Louisiana STEM Expo!!

Our school competed at this year’s Louisiana STEM Expo.  Our presentation of foldscope and its many applications for use got loads of attention!  We were even invited to present to the Louisiana State Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE) to explain how this technology can be used in public & private schools across the…

Gliding Filament Showing Fragmentation

Hello Everyone, This time I’ve observed this filamentous form which appeared to gliding just like the cyanobacteria we observed in Manu Sir’s post a few days ago. I could see it moving back and forth but not rotating. I haven’t been able to recognize what organism this is. Please help me identify it, I’d love…

Sand and Algae near Monterey Fishermen’s Wharf

I stumbled upon a cool little beach next to Monterey’s Fishermen’s wharf.  It seemed very protected, and was currently inhabited by a few harbor seal, who were laying on rocks just past the shore.  It was low tide, and there were lots of exposed tide pools to the south side of the beach. I took…

Bizarre Tetrahedron diatom from bedwell bayfront park

I drove a fellow lab-mate to collect samples from the bedwell bayfront park. I did some collections myself and observed the most bizarre diatom that I have ever seen. I’m calling it a tetrahedron but not sure if that’s right. If anyone can help id this  beast,that would be much appreciated! I first saw this…

Loch Ness micro-monsters. (Diatoms)

A few weeks ago, Julie F. shared with me another bottle of water sample that her generous friend Kathy had brought. This time the sample was from Loch Ness (Lake Ness) in Scotland. If you recall, this is the same duo who had previously shared samples from the Ganges River in India. Kathy seems to…

Detritus worm in Plant Vase water

Looking for something in the water taken from my plant vase, I came across this Detritus worm! It can be seen moving and even feeding on something. Look closely, you can even see its mouth moving and the digestive track. Can’t wait to look through more water samples and see what I find there!

Life in a Creek Next to a Sidewalk

My worm-san is still alive and well after 20 minutes of scrutiny. This one was very patient with me. Thank you worm-san. You can go safely back to the soil now. This worm-san kept wiggling around in between two pieces of tape (I made sure it’s not too tight). I could quite clearly observe its…

Pollen Group

l Pollen we collected while on a nature walk gathering samples.  Amazing to be able to view microscopic samples so quickly with out going back to the classroom! Our school will be competing in the Louisiana Stem Expo next week our class has been practicing the technique of “Camera Lucida”. We plan on demonstrating this…

Lichen suspensions as growth media

For some time now, I have been completely bowled over with lichen suspensions (1,2,3). You never know what surprise you’d get. I suppose, it would be so for mosses too.  All I do is to drop a lichen scraping in a small petridish with about 5 ml of bottled water and follow it for days,…

Red algae vs. grass

Recently, my Marine Ecological Systems course took another trip to the intertidal zone near Monterey Bay.  I we were comparing a highly disturbed area to one that is less visited.  It was a bright sunny day, and we visited at mid-tide as the tide was returning.  I took the opportunity to collect a couple of…

Poking around at Point Piños

In early February 2017, my marine ecology class went out to Point Piños to check out its rocky intertidal habitat. Point Piños is located in Pacific Grove, California at the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula, and is located within the Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area, and the Monterey Bay National Marine…

Sleuthing in the Elkhorn Slough

Hello Foldscope Community! My name is Anna Holder, and like many others in this community interested in marine ecology, I am in California State University Monterey Bay’s Applied Marine and Watershed Science Master of Science Program. Earlier in the semester, my marine ecology class took a trip out to the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research…

Calanus copepodite?

I selected a small copepod to try out my first real attempt at a dry mount, again using a glass slide and cover slip. I was unable to get my phone to focus on something this small, but here you can see that the copepod is about 2mm long. I tried not to crush my…

Wet-mount preparation of red alga from Monterey Bay

I love to I.D. algae in the intertidal, but red algae can be especially cryptic.  Here I am preparing my sample with a glass slide, and a glass slip that I am holding together with some Scotch tape so that I can wiggle it into place within my foldscope.   The water in my wet…

Hacking A Lower Powered Foldscope

Recently, I decided to undertake a search for micrometeorites (you can read more about them here). Since a good portion of micrometeorites are ferrous, you can use a magnet to search for them. However, not all samples of ferrous particles are potential micrometeorites, so you  will have to examine them. I already have a handheld…

Swimming in the Forgotten Mushroom Goo

Here is my first Foldscope video I filmed on April 12th, 2017! I am getting used to focusing, holding the Foldscope/phone, and optimizing lighting, all at the same time! (Using “Frontiers”  Foldscope, indoor natural light, iPhone 4S) I certainly wasn’t expecting those organisms swimming in this goo. (4/19/2017 update: They are nematodes. Thank you, Laks…

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…

Tetrahymena Ciliates

Hello everyone, A few days ago,in college, we were taught how to prepare a hay infusion broth.Our teachers have used pond water sample as an inoculum here.We were told to observe the organisms under our compound microscopes and obviously that was for a limited time which didn’t suffice my curiosity. I wanted to play around…

Exploring seawater a drop at a time.

Recently our class did some casual plankton surveying at the Monterey Coast Guard Jetty. We filled several jars from a plankton tow using a 202 micron net, to focus on living zooplankton, which we observed under dissecting scopes back in the lab. As predicted, evidence of spring was in the water as well as the…

Ode to Spring

Note: Post and videos best viewed while listening to Spring by Antonio Vivaldi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFWQgxXM_b8). Spring has sprung and brought with it a bouquet of color. I plucked an innocuous white blossom and pink peach blossom from two trees, then viewed the petals under the Foldscope. I discovered that Spring’s most vivid and lush landscapes may in fact lie in the…

Copepod from a Plankton Drag

I found a marine copepod with my foldscope!  This little guy was collected from seawater from Monterey, California. On March 2nd, 2017, my Marine Ecological Systems class out of California State University, Monterey Bay,  took a field trip to perform a plankton tow. We arrived at the Monterey Breakwater at 3:30pm, a sunny and warm…

Help me identify these ciliates and flagellates

Without much ado, here are 5 unicellular eukaryotes that were growing in my lichen suspensions. These emerged after almost 4 weeks. I took these videos at the beginning of the year,  and only now found time to collate them. Could you help me identify these? BTW, even after 4 months, I have nematodes and rotifers thriving…