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Microscope Slides

My most recent painting, taking lots of influence from microscope slides looking at cellular structures in plants. This was for my in laws for Christmas.

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Group of selected diatoms; imaged using Phase Contrast techniques. From a selection of antique microscope slides from the Victorian Era c. 1830s ~ 1900.

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This microscope slide shows two pieces of a ground down sea snail’s shell.

This microscope slide contains a complete tiny starfish

4_Diatoms are a major group of typically unicellular algae, and are one of the most common varieties of phytoplankton. Unique to diatoms, their cells are encased in a cell wall of silica (silicon dioxide), which is responsible for their crystalline appearance. Diatoms are autotrophic, meaning they derive their nutrition from their surroundings by means of photosynthesis or chemosynthesis. This places them in the role of producers in the food chain.

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