Gum leaf showing individual stomata using a   Leica SP5 II confocal and multiphoton microscope.

Gum leaf showing individual stomata using a Leica SP5 II confocal and multiphoton microscope.

 Butterfly wing showing individual scales at 100 microns in diameter using a  Leica SP5 II confocal and multiphoton microscope.

Butterfly wing showing individual scales at 100 microns in diameter using a Leica SP5 II confocal and multiphoton microscope.

 Lacewing mouthparts, magnified 494x using a c omputer controlled   scanning electron microscope (SEM).

Lacewing mouthparts, magnified 494x using a computer controlled scanning electron microscope (SEM).

  Mr Steve Moody explaining to artists how the   c  omputer controlled   scanning electron microscope (SEM) functions.

Mr Steve Moody explaining to artists how the computer controlled scanning electron microscope (SEM) functions.

 

 

 

 

 

This one-day artist practicum allowed environmental artists working on Sydney's beautiful northern beaches to see their world through different microscopes.

Objects were magnified under a scanning electron microscope (FEI Quanta 200 3D, Computer controlled SEM) and light microscope (Leica SP5 II confocal and multiphoton microscope) to 150-900 millionths of a metre and the results were spellbinding.

Many thanks to Dr Jenny Whiting, Ms Naveena Gokoolparsadh and Mr Steve Moody at the The Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis for their time and expertise during the artist practicum.