Painting of a butterfly scale by Christina Brodie from a
microslide of arranged scales prepared by Klaus Kemp.

(ISSN 1365 - 070x)

Exploring the miniature world

Issue 108: October 2004.
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Micropolitan Museum: Insectarium - A new gallery has been opened in this online museum by Wim van Egmond (the Netherlands) showing stunning macro and microscopical images of insects.
For readers unfamiliar with the museum hosted by the parent web site Microscopy-UK, it celebrates the wonderful macroscopic and microscopic world around us in themed galleries, the content and design are entirely Wim's. (Opens in new window.)

Geometry and Pattern in Nature 2: Iridescence in butterfly wing scales - Christina Brodie (UK) presents some attractive coloured paintings of wing scales inspired by the impressive arranged microscope slides prepared by Klaus Kemp.

An insect garden in New Mexico. Part II - David Richman (USA) presents an illustrated essay showing a selection of the fauna which he has observed in his garden.

A close-up view of "common" and "great" ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia & Ambrosia trifida) - Brian Johnston (Canada) continues his series showing how common wild flowers we often take for granted can offer a wealth of interest when studied on the macro and microscopic scale.

Pioneer aquatic microfauna in a treehole - Walter Dioni (Mexico) illustrates and describes the fascinating species of protozoa which he found in a treehole near his home.

Water objectives. A personal exploration ... all is not what it seems - Paul James (UK) discusses the pros and cons of these objectives and the relative merits of dipping without a coverslip cf water immersion with coverslip.

Image gallery: 'Big' slides - David Walker (UK) shares a selection of images of large microscope slide subjects created using a Nikon Coolscan IV ED 35mm film scanner.


In focus: The winning photographs in the Nikon Small World 2004 competition can be enjoyed on the Nikon MicroscopyU web site. Congratulations to all the winners which include Micscape contributors Wim van Egmond (10th and 15th prize), Rene van Wezel (honorable mention) and Ian Walker (honorable mention).

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