Ant head: the frontal view of an ant head magnified 10X.
Blade of grass: magnified 200X, the colors and light are produced through autofluorescence, the natural emitting of light by biological entities.
Snowflake: magnified 4X, with reflected and transmitted light.
Various grains of sand: magnified 4X.
Computer hard drive: the read/write head slider of a 20GB hard disk is magnified using an episcopic oblique brightfield.
Down feather: Soft and textured, a wisp of down capture up close.
Aspen leaf: the intricate system of veins is on full display in this quaking aspen leaf magnified 4X using a safranin-stain.
Needle eye threaded with yarn
For more stunning photos of life seen through the microscope, and the chance to vote on your favorite, check out Nikon Small World!
From down feathers to tree leaves to needle-and-thread, a few of life’s most ordinary objects become unrecognizably beautiful when placed under the microscope, showcased at Nikon's annual Small World Photomicrography Competition.