Today’s word of the day is ‘Photomicrography’.
Which is exactly what it sounds like… pictures taken with microscopes.
The Nikon Small World competition is put on by Nikon Instruments, and it exists to shed a light on this little known and often over looked sub-genre of photography.
And just so you know, and to build a little excitement… the grand finale of this picture spread is cow poop. There ya go Whitehall.
Four-day-old zebrafish embryo | Photo credit: Dr. Oscar Ruiz
Polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate | Photo credit: Douglas L. Moore
Culture of neurons (stained green) derived from human skin cells, and Schwann cells, a second type of brain cell (stained red) | Photo credit: Rebecca Nutbrown
Butterfly proboscis | Photo credit: Jochen Schroeder
Front foot (tarsus) of a male diving beetle | Photo credit: Dr. Igor Siwanowicz
Air bubbles formed from melted ascorbic acid crystals | Photo credit: Marek Mis
Leaves of Selaginella (lesser club moss) | Photo credit: Dr. David Maitland
Wildflower stamens | Photo credit: Samuel Silberman
Espresso coffee crystals | Photo credit: Vin Kitayama and Sanae Kitayama
Frontonia (showing ingested food, cilia, mouth and trichocysts) | Photo credit: Rogelio Moreno Gill
Scales of a butterfly wing underside (Vanessa atalanta) | Photo credit: Francis Sneyers
Human HeLa cell undergoing cell division | Photo credit: Dr. Dylan Burnette
Poison fangs of a centipede | Photo credit: Walter Piorkowski
Mouse retinal ganglion cells | Photo credit: Dr. Keunyoung Kim
Head section of an orange ladybird | Photo credit: Geir Drange
65 fossil Radiolarians (zooplankton) carefully arranged by hand in Victorian style | Photo credit: Stefano Barone
Slime mold (Mixomicete) | Photo credit: Jose Almodovar
Parts of wing-cover (elytron), abdominal segments and hind leg of a broad-shouldered leaf beetle | Photo credit: Pia Scanlon
Human neural rosette primordial brain cells, differentiated from embryonic stem cells | Photo credit: Dr. Gist F. Croft, Lauren Pietilla, Stephanie Tse, Dr. Szilvia Galgoczi, Maria Fenner, Dr. Ali H. Brivanlou
And as promised…
drum roll please…
I did this for you… and SCIENCE!
Cow dung | Photo credit: Michael Crutchley