Today we’ll dispense with readers’ wildlife photographs, as I want to save some until I return from Asia in about 3 weeks. Instead, reader John O’Neall called my attention to Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Champions, and I’ll like to present a few of the winners. They give us an idea of the marvels of nature that we don’t normally see.
First, the grand prize. Four-day-old zebrafish embryo (10x). Technique: Confocal. Photo by Dr. Oscar Ruiz, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas:
The second prize went to Douglas L. Moore at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. It’s called “Polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate” (90x). Technique: steromicroscopy.
Fifth place went to Dr. Igor Siwanowicz from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn Virginia. It’s the front foot (tarsus) of a male diving beetle (100x), taken using confocal microscopy:
- This photo of wildflower stamens won Samuel Silberman of Israel 8th place. It’s a 40x picture taken using fiber optic illumination:
This photo, by Geir Drange of Asker, Norway, took 15th place. It’s a head section of an orange ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata) (10x), taken using reflected Light and focus stacking.
This photo, by Charles Krebs of Issaquah, Washington, got an honorable mention. It shows the tail of a a small shrimp. 40x, reflected light:
There are many more photos at the site; go have a look.