Exploring the Microbiome… of my Hands and Feet!

As a class, we examined the microbiome of the human body. Our experiment focused on our hands and feet, and we wondered how similar or different their microbiomes would be. The procedure was simple: acquire a new cotton swab, streak a plate before use as a negative control, then swab ourselves and streak a different…

Blade of grass

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense.” Rumi

Protea Petal

Protea petal collected from Table Mountain. When you are on top of a mountain, everything below you looks so small. The town. The people. The roads. Zooming into the microscopic world of Table Mountain’s flora gave me and my hiking buddy a new found appreciation for the smaller things in life. This beautiful specimen was…

Red Flower Petal – Bio60_2021

This is another flower petal I collected from outside of my dorm. I like the different shades of color you can see when it is magnified! I think the color is nicer than the white flower I looked it, but it is harder to see the individual cells. I wonder what the structure in the…

White Flower Petal – Bio60_2021

I collected this petal from a bush outside of my dorm. To prepare it, I cut the flower and added a bit of water to make it fit on the slide. I like how you can see the individual cells and how they change for different parts of the flower. I think the photo worked…

Magnification of Yellow Pollen

I picked, dried, and dusted a slide with yellow pollen from a flower on campus. I collected the sample from a decorative flowering bush on Stanford campus, California near Wilber dining. I was particularly interested in how the pollen would appear under magnification and if I could see individual pollen granules. I peeled back the…

Pumpkin seed

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” Henry David Thoreau

Imaging a small garden spider

Methods: A small garden spider (species unknown, genus unknown) was sacrificed using the terminal rubber tip of a HB pencil (Fig. 1) at around midday on Saturday 31st July 2021 somewhere in the Western Cape, South Africa. The unprocessed specimen was placed on the plastic Foldoscope slides according to manufacturer’s instructions (Fig. 2). The specimen…

Table Mountain Fungus

This shelf mushroom was collected from a tree stump on the pipe track in Table Mountain. Top image is of the stump with the shelf mushrooms attached. I thought the pale pink ones looked interesting so I collected my sample from the top mushroom of that cluster. I then thinly sliced the porous part of…

Piel de pepino

La observación de hoy fue la piel de un pepino. Cortamos la piel del pepino. Sacamos una parte fina de la piel y la colocamos en nuestra muestra. Logré ver unas líneas grises y círculos. Sacamos una muestra mas del pepino. Esta muestra es de la piel fina verde. Logré ver solo unas líneas verdes….

Upgrade of Foldscope so that any object can be magnified

Above is my nail Above is bedsheet threads Initial setup in which light is supplied from sideways and also from bottom. so that image can be seen. But You dont need all that just these two things are needed. Light will be supplied from the sideways by the flashlight of smartphone. Just the setback of…

Using Parker Ink/ Ujala Blue to stain nucleus of a leaf/ Onion layer

Above is Onion Epidermal Layer above without Stain Procedure 1.First  take the plant leaf or onion peel, and peel out the thin epidermal layer which is translucent in nature. 2.For leaf, to peel it out, tear a small part of leaf than slowly bend it than tear it which will also take the epidermis layer…


A link in the chain of my necklace. “That deed which in our guilt we today call weakness, will appear tomorrow as an essential link in the complete chain of Man.” Khalil Gibran scopes_and_quotes on Instagram

Hoja de lavanda

La observación de hoy fue la hoja de lavanda que encontré en el jardín. Logré ver unas líneas delgadas. También vi unas bolitas pequeñas que creo son las células que la conforman.

Soft rocks

A piece of Roku the rock monitor’s shed skin looks like beach rocks. Second image is one of the bumps on the macro skin (third image). “Precisely the least thing, the gentlest, lightest, the rustling of a lizard, a breath, a moment, a twinkling of the eye – little makes up the quality of the best happiness. Soft!” Friedrich…

Achene of a strawberry

These dots are called achenes and are the true fruits of the strawberry plant. Each achene is really an individual fruit containing a single seed. “According to bundle theory, an object consists of its properties and nothing more; thus, there cannot be an object without properties and one cannot conceive of such an object. For example, when we think…


A peacock feather. “All the Colours in the Universe which are made by Light, and depend not on the Powerof Imagination, are either the Colours of homogeneal Lights, or compounded of these” – Isaac Newton scopes_and_quotes on Instagram.


Rotifers are microscopic animals who live in lakes, ponds and in any humid environment.

Fibre of my being

A string that consists of 4 smaller strings. These are the fibers of one of those. “According to String Theory, what appears to be empty space is actually a tumultuous ocean of strings vibrating at the precise frequencies that create the 4 dimensions you and I call height, width, depth and time.” Roy H. Williams

The holes in the curve that connects the dots

The curve of the “s” in science on a page in the book from which the quote was derived. “Cartwright’s “Simulacrum theory” reduces scientific explanations to what is no more than a model that permits the derivation of what she calls “analogies for the messy and complicated phenomenological laws which are true of it.”  Daniel N….

Parched petal

“Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose From out night’s gray and cloudy sheath; Softly and still it grows and grows, Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.” Sarah Chauncey Woolsey A dried rose petal. scopes_and_quotes (Instagram)

These legs were made for walking

A German cockroach leg. ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ‘  Charles Darwin scopes_and_quotes (Instagram)

Sancta simplicitas

A grain of table salt. “Salt is born of the purest parents: the sun and the sea.” Pythagoras scopes_and_quotes (Instagram)

Pollen of Convolvulaceae

Pollen is that dusty thing we usually see on flowers, but have you ever imagined how it really looks under the microscope? Actually the morfology of the pollen is diverse and it can change a lot from plant to plant, in this one the pollen looks like mini golf balls.