The following images demonstrate the beauty and artistic order of nature at the microscopic level.
Nikon and Olympus camera companies each hold annual contests of photos taken through microscopes. Winners use a variety of techniques (like polarizing, fluorescence, lasering) and magnifications ranging from 40 times the actual size to 50,000 or more. Clicking on photos will take you to the winning galleries of the two companies.
This is a lily of the valley petal magnified 1300 times using laser light. The green and yellow balls are starch granules.
The photographer mixed sulfur, a blue dye and an antiseptic to create this crystal with bubbles and tubes. His specialty at the University of Colorado is fluid dynamics.
Ant thoracic salivary gland.
Nicotinic acid amide melted with lidocaine (50x)
Sea Urchin embryo dividing (1000x)
From the eye area of a jewel beetle, these colors are all taken with natural light, enlarged 40 times.
A chystalized solgel chemical magnified 50 times. I tried finding out what solgel is. It was too complicated for me. Here’s the simplest explanation: Sol gel is a colloidal suspension of silica particles that is gelled to form a solid. See what I mean? But it’s delicate stained-glass beauty was too hard to pass up.
Liquid Crystalline DNA
aquatic worm) (10x)
Anti-cancer Drug, Mitomycin
Algae, green and red
Some other kind of algae
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