Foraminifera caught my interest. They are precious and their study covers so many areas: From field- to home-work, from rock-formations to photography. SEM and computer -stuff. I like the worldwide foraminiferal community - so help- and thoughtful people. Share may enthusiasm.
Foraminiferologist Dr. Onno Groß has made a mayor contribution of literature, images of living and dead specimens and mini-lectures. He is president of DEEPWAVE a German environmental NGO for the protection of the oceans.
Foraminifera are heavily effected by ocean acidification and pollution. I plan to integrate the subject of proctecting the oceans to foraminifera.eu with the help of DEEPWAVE.
It will take some time though to digest this mayor contribution :).
Last year I received in a plain envelope some plummercells filled with hundreds of foraminifera from young scientist Wafaa in Sanaa, Yemen. I started with SEM images (59 so far), see www.foraminifera.eu/wafaa.html.
I think optical images are a nice addition to illustrate this diverse fauna near Socotra, Yemen in the Indian Ocean and Peneroplis planatus a nice start.
The image is taken with a simple ocular camera. Sharpness is achieved by stacking different single images
Peneroplis is very common in the East Meditteranean, Red and Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean .... You may easily get it from sand-samples.