As an entomologist I spend much of the warmer months photographing and collecting insects. When the weather is cold and insect activity ceases, late Fall to early Spring, it is time to take off the dust cover and get down to some microscopy. My favorite subjects are the aquatics. Locally there is a spring-fed lake with a small outflow that remains unfrozen for most of the Winter. The few aquatic plants, dead leaves, detritus and bottom sediment supply enough organisms to keep
me busy. I normally collect a few samples and place them, in pond water, in an all-glass aquarium which I keep indoors next to a window. The extra warmth of the house and the light awakens any aquatics that had been ‘sleeping’.
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