After lengthy discussions with Lydia, my scientist partner, and with equipment and a briefing of how to carry out an effective experiment, I walked out 50 metres from the shore and drilled a hole in the thick layer of ice enabling me to walk there. My mission was to do a bit of scientific research of my own and try to learn about these little creatures through direct visualisation and interaction with them. After only half an hour, and with numb fingers and toes I had a variety of samples from different depths from 1-20 metres down.
Sampling on Kilpisjärvi lake at -35 degrees.
Learning to use a plankton net like the one Charles Darwin invented of the Beagle Voyage in the 1830's
Scanned in attempts to understand and identify phytoplankton better.. however, no sign of Emilinia huxleyi yet..
The first step on my journey to understand the science of theses little creatures and the equipment needed to collect them has began and the line between me and Lydia as 'artist' and 'scientist' is beginning to soften.