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Wood frog by Robert Berdan ©

Ponds, Marshes and Wetlands offer a Variety of Photographic Opportunities by Dr. Robert Berdan I have always been attracted to ponds, as a kid I used to wade in them and collect insects, snails, look for crayfish, frogs and turtles - read more.

Photographer at sunset Red Rock Coulee Robert Berdan ©

Alberta Landscapes Part II by Dr. Robert Berdan This article is a continuation of my Alberta Landscapes Part I article where I share some of my favourite spots in Alberta to photograph - read more.

Bow mountain in Jasper National Park by Robert Berdan ©

Alberta Landscapes Part I by Dr. Robert Berdan I have been photographing Alberta landscapes and wildlife for over 30 years and I thought I would share some of my favourite places and photos of Alberta. Like most photographers I tend to get my best photos near where I live - read more.


Alberta Wildlife Photography by Dr. Robert Berdan I have photographed Wildlife in Alberta for many years and Alberta is one of the best provinces to see and photograph wildlife. I share some of my favourite photos of birds and mammals from Alberta - read more.

The Micro-Universe - microscopie life Robert Berdan ©

The Micro-Universe - Microscopic Life by Dr. Robert Berdan I define the Micro-Universe to include organisms from about 2 mm to 0.0002 mm. Anyone can begin to explore the Micro-universe starting with a simple magnifying lens though a microscope is better - read more.


Chironomid by polarized light microscopy Robert Berdan ©

Microscopic Pond Life - Summer of 2019 by Dr. Robert Berdan While growing up I often visited ponds to collect bugs, worms, snails and other invertebrates. When I received my first microscope I had another reason to hunt for even smaller organisms - read more.

Compound microscope by Robert Berdan ©

Tips for Buying a Light Microscope by Dr. Robert Berdan. There is a microscopic universe all around us filled with alien creatures and crystals with colours like no where else on the planet. Many microscopic sized items even include the food we eat - read more.


Crystals Photographed with Polarization Microscopy: Water, Beer, Caffeine, Vitamins, Amino Acids and Human Tears by Dr. Robert Berdan Crystals viewed and photographed through a polarized light microscope are the most beautiful colours I have ever seen in nature - read more.

Eagle in snowstorm placing main subject unequal distance from each edge by Robert Berdan ©

The Art of Seeing and the Visual Elements of Design A Guide to Composition in Photography by Dr. Robert Berdan   For most of us, knowledge of our world comes largely through sight, yet we look about with such unseeing eyes - read more.

Hydra and bud by Robert Berdan ©

Photomicrography of Hydra - a model for studying regeneration and aging by Dr. Robert Berdan. The name Hydra was derived from a serpentine water monster in Greek and Roman mythology - this article shows Hydra that lives in fresh water. It is used in research to study regeneration and aging - read more.

Euchlanis dilatata - a rotifer common in pond water  by Robert Berdan ©

Photographing Rotifers by Dr. Robert Berdan An interest in Rotifers started after microscopist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) described them in a letter from 1687. These microscopic organisms live in water including ponds - read more

Spirostomum minus (top) and Urocentrum turbo (bottom) - both are common ciliates in fresh water by Robert Berdan ©

Photographing Ciliates by Dr. Robert Berdan You may have been introduced to Paramecium in biology class, a single celled (unicellular) "simple" ciliate found in pond water. Only ciliates are not simple but some of the most complex cells on the planet - read more.

Tardigrada - water bear by Robert Berdan ©

How to Collect and Photograph Water Bears (Tardigrades) by Dr. Robert Berdan As a biologist and photographer I am drawn to the beauty that is all around us; sometimes it's big and sometimes it's small - learn about water bears here.

Turtle Rotifer by Robert Berdan

Tips on How to Take Better Pictures with a Microscope - Photomicrography Dr. Robert Berdan In this article I share some tips on how to take better photomicrographs with a light microscope - read more.


 

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