Photos of the microscopic show us that indeed the universe is a wondrous place. Artistic complexity and awe-inspiring design underlie the smallest detail beyond our eye’s ability to see. Nikon’s annual Small World Photomicrography Competition is judged for both artistry and scientific technique and if you like the examples below there are thousands more to explore at Nikon’s fabulous website.
My favorite below is the fruit fly sperm. What about you?
Crystals of influenza virus isolated from terns by Julie Macklin and Graeme Laver, Canberra, Australia
Crystals of sulphur and other acids by Dr. John, the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
The explosive dynamics of sugar transport in fat cells, Sydney, Australia
Butterfly eggs on a stem, by David Millard, Austin, Texas
Silicon dioxide on polydimethylglutarimide-based resist, Canada by Dr. Pedro Barios Perez,
Nerve and muscle thin section, by David Ward, Oakdale, CA
Gypsy flower seeds by Keszthely, Zala, Dr. Csaba Pinter, Hungary
Adhesive pad on a foreleg of a ladybird beetle, by Jan_Michels.
Battery leakage crystal, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhang Chao
Glands of a leaf by University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Mayaguez Campus, Jose Rivera
Vitamin C crystal by Raul Gonzalez Estudio
Lily of the Valley, rhizone section by Dewel Microscopy Facility, Dr. Guichuan Hou,
Insects wrapped in spider web, by Mark Sanders, minnesota
Mouse fat tissue, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Light Microscopy Core Facility, Dr. Daniela Malide
Citric and tarteric acid by Herald Anderson, Steinberg, Buskerud, Norway, Herald Anderson
Dew on a spider web by Massimo Brizze, www.massimobrizzi.it
Soap bubble, by Haris Antonopoulo, Athens, Greece
Purple food dye, by Waldo Nell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Pollen-crocus,by Frederic Labaune, Auxonne, France
Small intestine of a mouse by Dr. Bryan Millis, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Laboratory of Cell Structure and Dynamics
Mouse vertebrae section by Michael Nelson et al, Alabama, US
Fruit fly sperm by Dr. Janet Rollins, College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York
Madagascan Sunset moth by Maidstone, U.K., Laurie Knight
Sulfosalicylic Acid Crystals,by Thomas Balla
Hippocampal neuron receiving excitatory contacts, by Dr. Kirian Boyle, glascow
Rings and Circles, Vitamin-C Microcristals, by Rudolf Bauer
Here’s a chance to see more, first at this post, then the Nikon site again.