It’s icy cold in the garden today. Most of the higher plants are waiting to renew their relationship with a greater sun and huddled in the needle-less Larch trees above our garden a few Starlings scratch their songs into the cold blue sky. Visible life seems stilled by the cold. Yet, I’m out in the garden with my portable Newton NM1 Microscope looking for signatures of microbial life and its lenses reveal a very different story. In microlitre samples, from collected rainwater in a bucket, and our pond, microscopic life abounds despite the cold temperatures. A ceaseless constant that celebrates and feeds upon a lesser sun. Tracks made by these life forms can be seen below.
The video below was taken on a warmer day. The Starlings still sing but a Robin and Wood Pigeon are also active. It shows the process happening in real-time and in situ, as the tracks made by the microorganisms emerge, via the microscope, on my iPhone screen. Biological frequencies and wavelengths emerge like particle tracks do in a Cloud Chamber after atomic collisions and I’m wondering if there is some deep connection here between the worlds of physics and biology.
Images made at different exposure times can be seen below.