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.


Mist from the kettle. “A diver 10.3 m underwater experiences a pressure of about 2 atmospheres (1 atm of air plus 1 atm of water).” – Wikipedia Submerged in an atmospheric oceanPressures rise and set against the sunAir and water combine and cycleFrom the breath that begins a new dayTo the gasp that follows the…

Bio60_2021 / rose bush pedal

#Bio60_2021 this is a petal from a rosebush outside of my dorm building on campus. The roses themselves hadn’t bloomed yet so I settled for the petal (I was also interested in how the green would look magnified). I was a little disappointed that my images couldn’t focus properly, I hope that my technique with...

Bio60_2021: Money tree leaf

This is a sample I took from my money tree. I bought the houseplant for my dorm around a month ago, and I think it’s doing pretty well. I love the look of the leaves and was excited to take a peek at the microscopic level. I snapped off a leaf and took a smaller…

Cat Fur

#BIO60_2021 Strands of cat fur. I brushed my cat to obtain the fur that I examined. I was interested in examining the fur in order to better understand if there could be anything else visible on the fur, especially considering she sheds often and leaves her fur wherever she is. In this sample, it seems...

Fruit Fly

#BIO60_2021 Abdomen of a fruit fly. I captured a fruit fly that was in my kitchen near fruits left on the countertop. Examining a fruit fly intrigued me because I had previous experiences of looking at fruit flies often under a bulky, rather stationary microscope. I could compare the two magnifications if the more portable...

Bio60_2021 – plum skin

This is the skin of a plum, I collected and prepared the sample on 7/25/21. I was hoping to see more resolution of the individual structures, but I had trouble getting the Foldscope to focus properly.


Stomata are pores on the epidermis of the plants and they allow oxigen to get in and carbon dyoxide to get out, water can also leave the inside of the plant from here. These ones are from the epidermis of Crassula ovata. We can see how the epidermical cells are colorless but the stomata are…

tap water

i had saw the bacteria inside a tap water it was an amazing experience for me

Bio60_2021-California Yellow Pansy Petal//Hannah Shelby

I collected these flowers outside of my house, and they are my father’s favorite flowers so we have so many of them. I’ve always loved how they look, so I was interested in how they appear under a microscope. I also prepared the slides by placing a wetting a small part of the petal and…

Microscopic worms in moss

Below are two videos in which you will see two different microscopic worms I found in some moss sample, which I picked up from Kudremukha National park, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India . At present, I am unable to identify these but I think eventually I will come across them when I explore more about the microorganisms…

Magnification of Cape honeysuckle petal

I picked, dried, magnified and photographed a cape honeysuckle. I collected the sample from a decorative plant near EVGRA on Stanford campus, California. This flower was interesting to me of its bright orange color. I wanted to see what the cells of such a distinctively colored flower would look like and I also wanted to find out if the petal was translucent enough to be magnified. I isolated a few petals and pressed them in the spine of a book for twelve days. Then I selected one petal, placed it between two slides and secured the slides with scotch tape. I then placed the slide in my foldscope, positioned the foldscope above a light source, and adjusted my focus until the image was clear. This was the resulting image. This post is for a Bio60_2021 class assignment.

Strawberry Leaf

#Bio60_2021, collected at the Stanford farm. Interesting food-based sample from a cool part of campus

Yellow Coreopsis Flower

#Bio60_2021, collected in the garden, interesting color and shape that led to a colorful foldscope image.

BIO60_2021 Tomato Leaf

#BIO60_2021 Tomato Leaf. Collected on 7/24 from my family’s rooftop garden in Seattle, WA! My mom’s tomato plant is very healthy and has been growing huge tomatoes this summer! She waters it all the time and it is vibrant in colour.

Bio60_2021 Basil Leaf

#BIO60_2021 Basil Leaf. Collected on 7/24 from my family’s rooftop garden in Seattle, WA! My mom waters the plants religiously, so they are healthy and very fresh. Also observed a tomato leaf and the basil leaf was darker in colour.