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Monday, March 17, 2014

Lactose crystals

Lactose crystals under the microscope and in polarized light. 
Lactose crystals under the microscope
Lactose (magnification 80x).

Lactose crystals under the microscope
Lactose (magnification 80x).

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Alps from the sky


Last week I flew over the Western Alps and had this magnificent view. The area is somewhere on the German-Austrian border.

aerial photo of the western alps

Aerial photo of the western alps

Linked with Skywatch Friday and Ein Stück Himmel.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lead acetate

Lead(II) acetate crystals under the microscope and in polarized light. Lead(II) acetate is also known as lead sugar or salt of saturn. In ancient times it was used as sweetener and produced lead poisoning in ancient cultures.

Lead(II) acetate under the microscope
Lead(II) acetate (magnification 80x).

Lead acetate crystals
Lead(II) acetate (magnification 80x).


Friday, March 7, 2014

Cane sugar under the microscope

Crystals of sugar made from sugarcane under the microscope and in polarized light (magnification 100x). 

sugar crystals under the microscope
Sugar under the microscope.

sugar crystal under the microscope
Sugar under the microscope.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Common Shellducks

Common Shellducks are uncommon in Southern Germany. I saw this group some days ago in the Brombachsee. There were also some Egyptian Geese, a invasive species in the area. On the Altmühlsee was a large flock of Black-headed Gulls and a pair of Yellow-legged Gulls.   

Lach- und Mittelmeermöwen am Altmühlsee
Black-headed Gulls and a pair of Yellow-legged Gulls.

Common Shellducks in Germany
Common Shellducks.

Common Shellducks in Germany
Common Shellducks.

Egyptian Goose in Germany
Egyptian Geese.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium Glutamate under the microscope and in polarized light (magnification 80x). Monosodium Glutamate is used as food additive (E 621). It is water soluble and forms a network of small, elongated crystals.

Monosodium Glutamate under the microscope
Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium Glutamate under the microscope
Monosodium Glutamate under the microscope.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Bismuth sulfate under the microscope

Crystals of bismuth sulfate under the microscope and in polarized light.

bismuth sulfate under the microscope
Bismuth sulfate (magnification 80x).

bismuth sulfate under the microscope
Bismuth sulfate (magnification 80x).

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Migration time

A flock of geese (Greylag or Greater White-fronted Geese) flying to the North. Some of them stay over the winter here, others coming from the South and fly over southern Germany to the Baltic Sea or to Scandinavia. 

flock of geese flying to the North

flock of geese flying to the North

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Harmattan in Gambia

Sunrise in Gambia with Harmattan, a dry wind that blows dust from the Sahara to the South. That winds can block the sun and make an foggy atmosphere.

Sunrise during Harmattan in Gambia


Linked with Skywatch Friday

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Clam collectors

Bivalve collectors in Gambia. They dig for razor clams on mangrove mudflats; a hard work with few results.
Clams Gambia
The clams.

Mudflats with clam collectors
The mudflats with clam collectors.

clam collector gambia
Digging witha machete for clams.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tea fields in Kericho/Kenya

Tea fields near Kericho in Western Kenya. It is a wonderful area in the West of the country. The fields covered rolling hills to the horizon and the tee bushes have an intense green that the landscape gives a special atmosphere. The area is the center for tea cultivation in Kenya and is mainly used for the production of black tea.

Tea field near Kericho
Tea field near Kericho.

Branch of a tea bush
Branch of a tea bush with fresh leaves.

Tea bushes in Kenya
Tea bushes.

Tea fields by Kericho
Tea fields.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Grey Nose Dolphins

Grey Nose Dolphins (Sotalia guianensis) in Pipa Beach/Brazil. In the so-called dolphin beach they are easy to see but very fast swimmers.

Grey Nose Dolphin (Sotalia guianensis) in Pipa Beach/Brasilia
Grey Nose Dolphin.

Grey Nose Dolphin in Pipa Beach/Brasilia
Grey Nose Dolphin (Sotalia guianensis).

Grey Nose Dolphin (Sotalia guianensis)
Grey Nose Dolphin (Sotalia guianensis) in Pipa Beach/Brazil.
Linked with Water World Wednesday.
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