Maybe the invention of the wheel set man on the road to progress, but the invention of the glass lens must run it a close second!
Be it binoculars, macro camera lenses, microscopes or hand lenses, we now have a window into the natural world which our predecessors could never imagine.
Take for example this wee leaf beetle, “Chrysolina Fastuosa”, which in reality is only a quarter inch long (5mm or so for all non dinosaurs!)
Add a modern camera with the ability to focus even when placed within an inch of the subject,and Chrysolina displays her amazing multicoloured metallic gorgeousness for all to see!
I have to say it all amazes me. Plus there is the added gift that Chrysolina is also dirt common!
In the same photo session I took several pictures of a burnt orange colour of hoverfly “Rhingia Campestris”.
I must have many pictures of hoverflies, but inspection of the photos showed this species to possess a beak like a bird!
Such weirdness fascinates me and I am forever grateful to whoever invented the glass lens and revealed it all to me.
There can hardly be a day in life I do not use both camera and bioculars in wildlife study.
It would be so easy to take these instruments for granted. However, almost everything I find interesting is seen through one or the other.
Of course, my old van gets me from job to job, so the wheel has to be acknowledged as a good idea.
But for me the glass lens steals the honours any day!
You can always contact George with your thoughts and photos of the countryside c/o this newspaper.