I got some cool and beautiful gifts for my birthday, but Dan blew me away with something that has been on my list ever since we have lived here: a microscope.
I love collecting nature "stuff": pretty rocks, shells, skeletons and skulls, anything that looks unusual to me. Now I can look at it magnified! It is amazing how beautiful an unassuming brown little moth really is, and how those crystals in the rocks stand out!
Here it is. Some day maybe I will get an attachment for the camera so I can take pictures of the small wonders too.
But wait, there is more! Here are some pictures made with my Canon Powershot, just held to one of the eye pieces.