Watching individual bacteria in a 300 year old pond

Sometimes; wonder awaits you in seemingly quiet places. Walking up to a 300 year old pond that is fed by a stream under water is one such quiet place. But a lot is happening in this ecosystem that’s right below the surface. A quick drop of water fro here into my foldscope – and you…

First shot with Foldscope

I’m not sure what this is, but it seems like an arthropod. While I was waiting my Foldscope to arrive to Argentina, I prepared a small pond water container with some decaying algae, copepods and water fleas. The first image is a stalk of 3 pictures taken with the Foldscope. The creature shown was less than…

Foldscope Day 5: A Water Flea from Hauz Khas, Delhi

After many attempts at imaging life in pond water, I finally chanced upon a tiny swimming creature. Thanks for all your helpful tips, which really came in handy. Here’s a video of what I saw: I was super excited to see this (you can probably hear that in my voice). I posted a quick video on twitter and…

Day 31: A colonial vorticella: First explorations with fixed focus and dark field

Day 31: 11. Vorticella (Alveolate->Ciliophora->Oligohymenophorea->Peritrichia->->->Vorticella) Ever since the first days of collecting the pond water sample (Day 1), I have been observing this feathery object floating around. I always thought it was a  feather fragment until today when I saw the object moving upwards and then in other directions almost with intention. I put it on a…

Life in a liter of Pond water — Euplotes– Day 1

In the little town I grew up in India, one of my favorite pastimes was pond watching. A little depression near our school would fill up during the monsoons, and life would spring out as though spontaneously. We (friends and I) would count whatever we could see and marvel at the great struggle (or dance,…