Stunning Photos of the Natural World—Taken Through a Microscope
Weird and beautiful photos from Nikon's Small World competition.
It's impossible to ignore nature right now, even living in New York City. The trees are on fire with deep red, vivid orange, and bright yellow leaves. Yet even if you stop to examine a fallen leaf, or, if you look at dew on a spider web (the photo above), there's only so much the human eye can see. Look at life under a microscope, and a beautifully bizarre world emerges.
Nikon celebrates that hidden realm each year with its Small World photomicrography competition. The camera company announced the 2013 winners and finalists this week, and we've got a selection of the weirdly wonderful images below.
If you're up for a challenge, try to guess the subject of each image before scrolling down to the caption.