Today I went to Roath Lake to start my experiments. This was to read what voltages were coming out of the plant/trees/surroundings. I add surroundings into this because it wasn’t until I got half way round I realised that actually there must be so many other factors and elements that would b affection my readings. I had a thought that maybe the water (the lake near by) might actually be the biggest factor because I assume it is t trees main source of water (I could wrong here ad I don’t know how the lake was made). Also currents under ground – is that a thing? The earth is alive so I would be surprised. Anyway this was just a fist experiment to go out and collect data on my own. I learnt quite doing this – including how to use the multimeter.
As you can tell, my test results and experiment probably have a lot of human errors an wasn’t very considerable in how/where I put tree multimeter probes. To me this day as get a sense of what it is I want to do and to also confirm a few of my own thoughts about currents in plants. Because well, it’s absolutely fascinating. There is obviously something going on here. It is known that plants/trees talk all to each other through this mass systems where they are all connected up. Warning each other of danger such as an infection as well as the nearest source of water.
As well as just having a really lovely walk, I took 24 sets of results. As expected the multimeter was going a bit crazy as the voltage it was reading were extremely random. I didn’t quite expect how random they would be as I’ve only seen things like the MIDI Sprout where I think it actually dampens down how random and the vast scale of which the voltages fall and rise too. This also didn’t help when you don’t know how to use a multimeter very well. I found that some setting had more interesting numbers that would be easier to work with but I didn’t find this out until I got about half way round the lake.
The walk also allowed mE to really think about my ideas an the project as a whole. I think also my data is definitely unusable I kind of know now that that this is all very interesting and that I see that there is definitely something happening here in term of that the trees, plants,ground I so much more alive than I thought.
Next up I’m going to try and make my oscillator the I built portable so that I can take readings with that. Ideally what I’d really lovely to do is take some live frequency recordings but I think I’ll nee to research a bit more into that.
Below are photos of most of the trees I took readings of. I thought I took a photo of all of them but somewhere I missed a few.