In this newsletter, we talk about our trip to Boise, ID for the Botanical Society of America meeting, show our most noteworthy images captured with the Macropod over the past month, and recognize individuals who have had a positive influence on the team at Macroscopic Solutions.  We also announce the winner of our $250 imaging service voucher to one of our lucky subscribers at BSA 2014.  Thank you all for subscribing to this newsletter and we hope you find it interesting and enjoyable.

- Mark Smith, Co-Founder of Macroscopic Solutions

Hummingbird wing


WINNER of $250 Imaging Service Voucher

Macroscopic Solutions offered attendees of the BSA 2014 conference in Boise, ID a chance to win $250 worth of imaging services to one lucky subscriber.  Macroscopic Solutions is happy to announce Joe Dertien from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL as the winner.  Congratulations Joe! Macroscopic Solutions will be contacting you shortly.

Botany 2014

Plant scientists from all over the world gathered in Boise, ID for the annual Botany meeting to discuss their research, digitization methods, educational outreach, and much more! Symposia topics were unique, and ranged from “The evolution of pollen performance” to the “Miocene vegetation and environment of Western North America.” There were multiple technical workshops and field trips to bring together like-minded attendees.

Macroscopic Solutions is proud to have been a part of it. They were given the chance to work with many of the attendees and exhibit their imaging system, the Macropod. The Macropod is a novel, high-resolution, macro-imaging system that is being used in a wide-range of applications within the plant sciences.

You can view some of the images captured by Macroscopic Solutions at Botany 2014 below. You can view all of the images captured at Botany 2014, along with the full online image database.

Begonia flower.

Unidentified flower collected in Boise, ID.

Unidentified flower collected in Boise, ID.

Azolla. To be the first fern to have it's genome sequenced. Symbiotic with Nostoc (cyanobacteria) and is a nitrogen fixer.

Reproductive organs of Pinguicula planifolia. Collected in Florida, USA. Specimen was removed from alcohol for imaging.

Cross-section of a Marigold.

Using the Macropod as a Non-destructive Measurement Tool

This year, the Physiological Section of the Botanical Society of America hosted a workshop called “Non-destructive and Non-intrusive Methods for Measurement Techniques of Plant Responses.”  Macroscopic Solutions was invited as one of the three companies to demonstrate their technology. The Macropod was positively recognized by the audience as a device that is of great importance to fertilization physiology, and to those using pigments, or predation, or growth of epiphytes on surfaces, and responses to external stimuli like sun, shade or touch.  Macroscopic Solutions would like to thank Anitra Thorhaug of Yale University for her invitation, Rik Littlefield of Zerene Systems, LLC for his generous support (biography below) and the audience for attending the workshop.      



Macroscopic Solutions’ online image database provides the scientific community and the public with full access to high-resolution images captured with the Macropod. Within the database, viewers discuss the images and their significance, and select which pictures they enjoy or benefit from the most. The most popular images from the past month are found here:

The most popular images from the past month are found here:

Toxomerus marginatusthe Hoverfly. Found in Hickory, PA.

Robber Fly, family Asilidae. Found in Hickory, PA

Swallowtail butterfly, genus Papilio. Pittsburgh, PA

Worker Honey Bee from Coventry, Connecticut.  Found in South Eagleville Lake/Willimantic River.

Cosmia calami - the American Dun-bar Moth. Found in Storrs, CT during national moth week.



Entomology 2014 – Portland, OR

Last year, Macroscopic Solutions participated in their first exhibition at the Entomological Society of America in Austin, TX and will be returning for the meeting this year in Portland, OR. It is set to take place from November 16-19 in Portland, OR.

All attendees that have subscribed to the Macroscopic Solutions newsletter will receive one sample imaged at no cost, so remember to bring a specimen to have imaged!

More information on Macroscopic Solutions’ involvement at Entomology 2014 is to come in future newsletters. You can read more on the conference website.


Rik Littlefield

Rik Littlefield is the founder of Zerene Systems, LLC and the creator of the Zerene Stacker software, which is a focus stacking software designed specifically to combine multiple images taken at different focus distances to yield a resulting image with a greater depth of field (DOF) than any of the individual source images.  This is the primary focus stacking software that Macroscopic Solutions provides to their customers. 

Rik Littlefield has both a passion for photographing small subjects and over 40 years experience creating new software in support of scientific research. He's also a prolific reader and contributor in the user forums at, where he gets to interact with some of the world's best macro and micro photographers. Rik has a lot of fun doing this, and Zerene Stacker and its users benefit from the experience.

Luke Daller Jewelry

Luke Daller is a jewelry designer based in Pittsburgh, PA. He has been creating wire jewelry since he was 21 and has since discovered many innovative and intricate ways in which to set a stone in a piece of jewelry using nothing more than gold or silver wire.

Luke came to Macroscopic Solutions to have his pieces imaged in high-resolution to be used for prints and promotion. The images show the incredible detail of each piece, and will help you understand the amount of patience and effort that goes into each one.