This episode of “Cool Stuff Under the Microscope is focused on Cork, an impermeable and buoyant material which is extracted from bark material of the plant species Quercus suber. A piece of cork was sliced from a wine cork by scalpel and placed on a Microscope slide and analysed under the Radical microscope (More info here) with a Nikon D5300 Digital Camera being used to image the cork.

Because the depth of field is so shallow (talking microns), the following images are focus stacked from a number of images through photoshop, and then finally edited in Lightroom. As always if there is anything (readily available) you are interested in looking at under the microscope let me know and I will see if I can add it to the list.


A piece of cork examined under low magnification.

A piece of cork examined under medium magnification.


A piece of cork examined under higher magnification.

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