Images of the small world around us
From an up-close look at yellow food coloring to a peek at pearly dewdrops dangling from a spider web, here's a look at a world too tiny to see with the naked eye in images from the 2013 Nikon Small World Competition.
Round and about
False-twist textured nylon yarn. Crossed Polarized Light at 100X.
Vorticella sp. (protozoa). Darkfield at 20X.
Knobs and rods
Crocus pollen and stigmate. Episcopy and stacking at 40X.
Not what it seems
Crystallization of tartrazine (dye primarily used as a food coloring). Differential Interference Contrast at 40X.
The stars aligned
Surface details of a one euro coin. Confocal reflection microscopy, Z-stacking and maximum intensity projection at 10X.
With open arms
Actinarctus doryphorus (marine tardigrade) autofluorescence of cuticle. Confocal at 40X.
A peek inside
Nerve and muscle thin section. Brightfield, Image Stacking at 40X.
Strange and beautiful
A flower stamen. Reflected light at 40X.
Sleek and shiny
Pearceite, an uncommon silver mineral, in beautiful hexagonal crystals, from a copper mine in Spain. Reflected Light, Stereomicroscopy at 100X.
A tiny explosion
The explosive dynamics of sugar transport in fat cells. Live Cell Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence at 1,000,000X.