Well I see that I need to leave out naming the photos so I can sort them on the laptop. Kind of gives it away in some cases. It's not like a secret, but if you don't know what something is, it can be mysterious, and your guesses may be more interesting than the actual case.
I have found myself thoroughly entertained by this piece of equipment. It has helped me with identification of many various items, some of them were valuable finds. It was instrumental in the growing industry, both of the plants and the subsequent products made from the plant and its extracts.
The additional feature of having not only still photos, but video camera footage as well, makes it very useful when something is rapidly changing and there's no time to shoot pics and save and setup and shoot again. Being able to have an entire roomful of people watching what you see through the eyepiece, while you look through the occulars and adjust placement and focus of the object being viewed, is really quite amazing. Reactions such as watching the flooding a sample of crystals with a strong solvent or base and watching what happens, along with a video to see it again and again is priceless when it's something hard to describe, but crucial in its importance to being described.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth?
Okay, so there's not going to be any math, even theoretical, I lapse into babbel with that last little puff....bad me.
Key to the photos, Oh Yeah, I was here doing something.
Photo #1. Not some black tadpoles, sperm or other animal, but yeast mold, if mold can grow on yeast, or just the yeast itself.
I thought this agar project had started to grow, and it had, just not what I wanted. I thought I was watching the germ-
ination of spores in solution, grown on a malted yeast agar foundation.
Photo #2. Same sample a day later, Grow we must. Unfortunately they looked like the were starting to wiggle so I tossed they in the fire. Candiru came to mind. Scary.
Photo #3 Carefully cut gills from a ps. golden teacher fresh shroom. 'These were not dropping spore load yet. Still unopened caps, tried to get a single gill to show how the spores grew like grapes, which is what the next couple of photos tried to convey.
Photo #6. After the caps were open and dropping spores, on the way to the syringe making area, the spores were printed and put into solution to germinate. These pics show various stages of groups of spores as they would be found in the syringe solution. Some I believe were
starting to pop open.
Photo #11 These were a small pot leaf at low (100x) power. The red overlay I thought at first was the lens growing mold from living in Hawaii. Everything had a film of red dirt, but this looked like a web of some mycelial network that completely surrounded the plant. It was too small to see with the nekkid eye, so I wondered if it was particular to the area, or if it was common symbiotic plant relationship witnessing.
Photo #15. these are photos of thc crystals, trichomes, that sort of stuff from matured plant flowers. If don't remember what or why I was documenting these particular ones for, but I'm sure I had a reason. They were interesting in the lack of color at this point. I found the key to knowing when your plants were ready to pick. The material all turned clear after some growing conditions were met and the potency had reached it's peak. In this case with the cannabis test kit's I had purchased, I found the Cherry Bomb strain I had grown was 24%, and that's pretty dang good for a man who lived to see pot semi legal in his lifetime, something I never thought I'd see to tell the truth. It still remains to be seen whether the government will follow the lead of the peoples desires, or will hold fast to losing the war on drugs to finance the war on terrorism. I'd rather not have to watch that conflict too many more years.
I will be back as soon as I get some more interesting samples to share. I have in the past taken pictures of peoples projects and sent them back, I have no problem doing that again if requested. Sometimes it makes it all the more real when you have a blown up photo of something crazy wild that you had a hand in growing.
Hope all meets with your enjoyment, and we will see you all again, next time around.