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Genus: Oscillatoria


Green filamentous cyanobacteria


Shallow pond in rural SW Pennsylvania

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27 Comments (1–25)

Elton_Wizard 9 years ago

The micro-world is interesting indeed. And it goes on forever.

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

Walter, your blog is interesting. I think I might have a new hobby when I finally get out of law school. :-) It is very interesting, this micro world.

Elton_Wizard 9 years ago

Thank you all for your kind remarks. I am glad to hear that you share my appreciation for the micro-world all around us. The hardware I use consists of a Leica CME microscope and a Moticam 2500 microscope camera. You might also be interested in some of the techniques I use by seeing an upload I made to my blog on May 9.

williefromwi 9 years ago

Congratulations on your spotting of the day.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Congrats Elton! Wonderful find! Do you mind if I ask you what you use for a microscope/camera? It would be cool to begin amateur microbiology!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wonderful congratulations Elton!

tibiprada 9 years ago

OMG ! yearly check up on the way .

nicely done !

MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Nice one. Congrats!

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

Microscopic Spotting of the Day.....Fabulous!
Way to go Walter. :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Congratulations and well done Elton. I love to check out your spottings now and then as a reminder of what we can't normally see in our lives.

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago


PapoBestard 9 years ago

Whoa! Congrats friend!

KarenL 9 years ago

Congratulations Elton!

Yasser 9 years ago

Elton, congratulations on earning our first microscopic Spotting of the Day! You bring a great and important perspective to our community and we appreciate your contributions. We hope to see more people contributing to your Microscopic Life mission.

"Cyanobacteria obtain energy through photosynthesis and helped oxygenate Earth's early atmosphere."


Elton_Wizard 9 years ago

Thanks for the kind remarks. And, Emma, you are right. Phase contrast is sort of like staining with light instead of chemicals.

Hema 9 years ago

It would be interesting on live critters. Might be able to see the insides!

achmmad 9 years ago

Wow Elton! You've deliver this beautiful creature here, such an amazing stuff!

Elton_Wizard 9 years ago

Yes, that's pretty much the way I prepare the various specimens. Live critters, however, I photograph au naturale. I have just upgraded my microscope to handle phase contrast so am very anxious to try it out on live critters.

Hema 9 years ago

Elton,the way i prepared slides for botanical specimens is slicing them thin and then using a dye and then viewing them.
For observing blood , I just smeared a drop onto a slide and spread it into a feather shape.
Different ways for different organisms.
Is that what you do? or is your method different?

Elton_Wizard 9 years ago

Laura ... I would love to see your photos. I've got an email in to "Mission Control" and may be starting one on Microscopic Life (if all goes well).

LauraMaria 9 years ago

Elton, every time I see your spottings it reminds me that I keep wanting to post the marine algae photos I've got... I'm glad that you're flying the flag for our microbial friends! This is a fabulous cyano, what a beautiful colour!

Elton_Wizard 9 years ago

I was afraid that my micro-life spottings might be considered inappropriate but so far the reaction has been quite favorable.

chebeague3 9 years ago

I know, I just did! there are some amazing bacteria

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Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Mar 8, 2012
Submitted on Mar 21, 2012

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