British Summertime (Visions In Infrared)

Infrared imaging in the garden. Flowers and plants. Ferns, Inula, Nasturtiums, and also two bees (below)

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The bright yellow spot towards the centre of the flower is a “hot” bee. 

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The bright yellow spot towards the centre of the  top flower is a “hot” bee. N3NasturtiumNastutium2

 

Infrared imaging of the Summer sky. The small bright dots are birds in flight whose warm and feathered bodies contrast the cold and inimical environment of space (below).

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House Martin

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House Martin

Pigeon

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The CocoDish: a natural, sustainable, and reusable vessel for culturing bacteria

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When I began to study microbiology some 30 years ago we used to use a lot of reusable glassware. For example, Glass Petri Dishes, Universal Bottles, Bijous, McCartney Bottles, Pasteur Pipettes, Glass pipettes and Glass Spreaders. We also used to use metal loops for sub-culturing and again these could be sterilised and then reused by passing then through the flame of a Bunsen Burner. Today, much of the above has been replaced by plastic consumables, which are used just once before disposal, and thus microbiology has become a very wasteful scientific practice. Moreover, microbiology is not alone here, and many other biological sciences use vast amounts of disposable plastic laboratory ware.

 

As a challenge to this wasteful practice and to bring it to light as a problem in terms of sustainability, I’ve developed the CocoDish, a sustainable, reusable and entirely natural vessel for culturing bacteria based on the Coconut. As proof of utility here is a CocoDish containing Kitchen Bioluminescent Agar (KBA) and a culture of the bioluminescent bacterium Photobacterium phosphoreum HB (in light and in the dark). No need for plastic! Could also be used in locations where plastic Petri dishes are difficult to source.

Empty CocoDishes below

 

 

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A CocoDish filled with bacteriological agar. It fits beautifully into the hand, and unlike its plastic counterpart, has a wonderful warm, rustic, and organic feel.

 

Below, a CocoDish with a culture of the bioluminescent bacterium Photobacterium phosphoreum HB. imaged in the dark (left) and in light (right).

 

 

Satellites of Summer

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At this time of year, every evening, House Martins gather in the sky above our house. For over 25 years they have provided the soundtrack of our Summers. As the sun sets, and as they pitch and turn, they occasionally catch its light so that their white markings flare like ephemeral satellites against the darkening sky.

These are the tracks that they make above our house. We also have a young House Martin family that live in a muddy home attached to ours.

 

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 14.99 second exposure.

14.99 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 23.17 second exposure.

23.17 second exposure.

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Domestications

Microvideos of various infusoria that I found in my garden and recorded using a field microscope in my kitchen and with the sounds of this domesticated environment. Dishwashers, washing machines etc. The machines of domestication and complex biological machines together. Magnification 100x

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I’ve developed a novel process that rather than recording micro-videos in real-time, records instead the paths taken by microscopic creatures under the microscope. The images generated, result from the accumulation of the activity tracks of these usually invisible life forms and reveal the hugely complicated dynamic of their manifold activities and interactions. The process generates images that are in some sense similar to those of radioactive decay, or atomic particle collisions, as they are seen using cloud chambers.

The process reveals another level of reality that is usually withheld from us and so it seems that each body of natural water vibrates to.

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Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 86.56 second exposure.

86.56 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 86.56 second exposure.

86.56 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 75.08 second exposure.

75.08 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 40.72 second exposure.

40.72 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 75.08 second exposure.

75.08 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 40.72 second exposure.

40.72 second exposure.

Natural Frequencies II

I’ve developed a novel process that rather than recording micro-videos in real-time, records instead the paths taken by microscopic creatures under the microscope. The images generated, result from the accumulation of the activity tracks of these usually invisible life forms and reveal the hugely complicated dynamic of their manifold activities and interactions. The process generates images that are in some sense similar to those of radioactive decay, or atomic particle collisions, as they are seen using cloud chambers.

The process reveals another level of reality that is usually withheld from us and so it seems that each body of natural water vibrates to.

 

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 24.75 second exposure.

24.75 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 57.28 second exposure.

57.28 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 33.72 second exposure.

33.72 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 26.44 second exposure.

26.44 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 21.68 second exposure.

21.68 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 37.77 second exposure.

37.77 second exposure.

Natural Frequencies I

 

I’ve developed a novel process that rather than recording micro-videos in real-time, records instead the paths taken by microscopic creatures under the microscope. The images generated, result from the accumulation of the activity tracks of these usually invisible life forms and reveal the hugely complicated dynamic of their manifold activities and interactions. The process generates images that are in some sense similar to those of radioactive decay, or atomic particle collisions, as they are seen using cloud chambers.

The process reveals another level of reality that is usually withheld from us and so it seems that each body of natural water vibrates to these invisible biological wavelengths and frequencies.

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Macroscopic. The pond

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The pond and portable field microscope

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 56.00 second exposure.

56.00 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 40.60 second exposure.

40.60 second exposure.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 43.34 second exposure.

43.34 second exposure.