Blogtoberfest Day 21 and Ruby Tuesday #5

In my ‘day job’ I work with microscopes at a University. I love it because it’s like looking into a world that most people don’t get to see – things look so different. For instance a delicate insect that flits by on a current of air looks like a great armoured tank when it’s magnified a few thousand times. So this week for Ruby Tuesday here’s a few red micrographs, this time it’s fabric under the microscope. The first image is of a piece of magenta / purple shot silk.  Only when you’re this close up can you see that it’s woven in red in one direction and blue in the other.

This is a close-up of colour printing (CMYK) on white paper. I really like the abstract design – kinda retro!


Some red buttons for Blogtoberfest:


Beautiful vintage Czech glass.      Plastic cherries, 1950s.


Chinese vintage cinnabar button.  1950s rose.

I particularly love that square glass button with its plain centre and floral border. The cinnabar button is real cinnabar, aka mercury sulfide or vermilion, not the modern lacquer that now substitutes for cinnabar.

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Ruby Tuesday hosted by Work of the Poet.


Ruby Tuesday #2 AND Blogtoberfest Day 7

I thought I’d post some more micrographs for this weeks Ruby Tuesday.

This one is a transmitted light image through a pear tree leaf after it had changed to its autumn colouring. You can see the leaf veins as white networks among the pink cells. The cell vacuoles are filled with a water soluble pigment which produces the red colouring:

This is a photo of a coleus leaf showing the mix of green and pink cells which make up the beautiful colouring of these plants:


And, as promised for Blogtoberfest (check it out over at Big Cat’s Emporium), your daily dose of buttons, with a red theme for Ruby Tuesday!



Some of my favourite Art Deco casein buttons, and a great Deco buckle.


Bakelite with celluloid inset, and the red and yellow is a bakelite ‘cookie’ button.

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Published in: on October 7, 2008 at 10:13 am  Comments (14)  
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Ruby Tuesday #1

I work in science at a university – my ‘day job’. I’ve been experimenting with some techniques that allow me to take pictures of crystals down a microscope. I’d like to share a couple of these with you for my first Ruby Tuesday post (thanks to Work of the Poet for this great Tuesday theme!).


Both these images are of a dye called safranin. The liquid dye was evaporated, leaving these amazing crystal patterns. This one deposited crystals in a fractal formation.

I love this – it reminds me of a red night sky.

Published in: on September 30, 2008 at 11:24 am  Comments (6)  
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