Stearic acid, a common surfactant obtained by saponification of animal fats and oils lights up under polarized light.
The Gorilla from the Werribee Zoo
Between June and July Docklands in Melbourne ran a winter festival known as the Firelight Festival. This was run around the Quay and consisted of a number of art installations from Fire Twirlers through to a giant status which was set alight and of course fireworks.
This has been one of my favorite Under the Microscope segments, mainly because the item is so abstract that it is very difficult to determine what it is; the coco pop, also known as the Cocoa Krispie
the second part of the trip involved a visit to Wanaka before stopping overnight at the Lake Hawea Hotel. The actual lake itself (Hawea) is located in the Otago region at an altitude of around 348 metres. The lake itself is named in Maori and is thought to be named after a local tribe, however, at the time no information was available as to the actual meaning of the name.
Have a look at (clean) toilet tissue under microscope, where you can see the fibres.
I HATE self portraits, but really wanted to have a try at a low-key image but didn’t have a model to try this with. In the end they were underexposed (and i look like a serial killer), but how did you think I went?
Have a sneak peak at Lichen under the microscope, as focus stacked with Helicon Focus.
Enjoy the marvel that is St Paul’s Cathedral, in Melbourne, Australia. The Architecture and ornate detail is something that never fails to amaze.
The Pelican is a common sight around water, and as such I think often they are treated a bit unfairly compared to Elephants and other creatures. They do seem to survive well so that is an added bonus, plus they look unusual with the large bill and the yellow coloring around the eye. This guy…
Have a look at Cork under the microscope, fairly strange looking structure but interesting nonetheless :).
I had the joy of attending Healesville Sanctuary with my family in late February to have a look around (and of course take some photos). The sanctuary is unlike Melbourne and Werribee Zoo in that it has far more Australian animals than the other Zoo’s, it really is an Australian based Zoo covering all realms…