Collection location: D.F. Buchmiller County Park, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]
This photomicrograph shows peridioles that have been ejected from the cup. The one on the upper left has its funicular cord wrapped around the plant stalk.
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This is a time exposure taken through a student model stereo microscope. I used a Nikon Coolpix 5400 camera with a special adjustable adapter that enables one to remove the microscope eyepiece and make the camera confocal with the scope. (The black area at the lower left is a telltale sign of vignetting.) I used a photoflood light to add extra illumination from the side, let the camera customize the white balance, then cropped and enlarged the resulting image. Were I to retake the shot today, I would use a digital SLR (which I didn’t have at that time)and a fiber optics illuminator. Either way, one sets the camera to the widest possible aperture and zooms in as necessary to minimize vignetting.
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Created: 2011-01-28 20:45:05 PST (-0800)
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