Prize-winning microscopic photography captures the marvels of what we can’t see
Eye of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen, magnified 120x.
Image: Ralph Claus Grimm/Nikon Small World
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Scientists aren’t the only ones who can experience the beauty of a mouse colon at 63x magnification—and it is beautiful. At high magnification, even a worm or a moth’s antenna can be stunning, and photomicrography makes these wonders of the atomic world visible to everyone.
Photomicrography is the art of taking photos through the lens of a microscope. Every year, camera maker Nikon chooses the best photomicrographic images in its “Small World” competition; this year’s winner (above) is a picture of a honey bee’s eye covered in dandelion pollen, taken by Australian high school teacher and beekeeper Ralph Grimm.
A few of the year’s top submissions:
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