Sun. Oct 2nd, 2022
Image of a series of colored loops.
enlarge While this may look like a series of iridescent satin ribbons, it’s actually the scales on a butterfly’s wing.

I don’t know how many years I’ve been compiling photo galleries from the Nikon Small World Microscopy contest, but there are quite a few now, and it’s hard not to feel like I’m repeating the same things when I put together a selection of their images for: that the beauty of nature is not limited to grandiose landscapes or charismatic megafauna. That serious science can go hand in hand with amazing aesthetics. That some of the best scientists also have an eye for the artistic and a desire to capture the worlds they study in captivating ways. That technology and software have revolutionized a technology – the microscope – that has been around for hundreds of years.

All those things are still true, which is why I keep emphasizing them. But words are just a distraction from the sheer artistry of this year’s contest winners. So I’ll shut up and let you enjoy it.

By akfire1

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