Nature Cure. Pond Life and Four Ways of Seeing

Introduction

In February I underwent major open heart surgery to replace a leaky aortic valve so have been recovering slowly at home. I also suffer from a Mixed Anxiety and Depressive Disorder, which periodically triggers episodes of severe depression.  I use the work and processes described in my blog here to help with my recovery. Recently, my heart surgery triggered an episode of cardiac depression, and so I’m using the processes here to reveal thriving and fantastical ecologies that exist beyond the resolution of the human eye, to seek a deep connection with nature in order to help my recovery.

Nature Cure. Pond Life and four ways of seeing

The work here explores, and images in various ways, the microscopic life in my rather unremarkable garden pond. Using the unique Newton Nm2 portable microscope, The process allows the microbial life to be Imaged in situ, and next to the pond , and so it brings about an immediate and deep connection with a vital part of the natural environment that we usually can’t see.

The first way of seeing. The pond as seen by the human eye (below)

Pond

This first process explores the microorganisms in the pond- water sample by recording their activity tracks as they move purposefully under the microscope. Biological wavelengths and frequencies. No one activity glyph is ever the same as another, but each one defines a different watery niche (below). This first  process explores the microorganisms in the pond- water sample by recording their activity tracks as they move purposefully under the microscope. Biological wavelengths and frequencies. No one activity glyph is ever the same as another, but each one defines a different watery niche (below)

The  two microvideos here (below) show the microscopic life in my pond at 200x magnification imaged in real-time.

 

The following microvideo is a time-lapse of 4 minutes of  the same pond microbial activity compressed into 16 seconds (below).

 

 

2 thoughts on “Nature Cure. Pond Life and Four Ways of Seeing

  1. Wow, how brave of you to share this. I think what you say is very wise, about the seeing and the seeking connection with nature for your recovery. If we feel connected to nature and to our surroundings our lives become so much more meaningful. If we loose this connection though, we don’t know how to take care of the world any more. Good luck with your recovery!

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