Nowadays we are taught to think big and to pursue goals that are far beyond our personal horizons. Well nothing bad about that but due to this style of living and teaching the smaller things in life are often forgotten. Few times we take a pause and try to observe with mindfulness the present moment, our present feelings and states of mind. We are generally dominated by our mind that projects thoughts about moments in the future and memories of our past. But very few times we live the present moment. That is one of the great discoveries when one starts to study Buddhism. Keeping that lesson in mind we can observe the world around us with another view. Many small materials, animals and insects that surround us every moment are part of a for us invisible world. A world that has to offer so much splendor and beautiful aspects.
It’s time to take a look at this existing but invisible world. Nikon, the photo camera manufacturer, has organized an international competition called, the Nikon International Small World Photomicrography Competition. Nikon recently announced its list of winners for 2010. The competition began in 1974 as a means to recognize the efforts of photographers who are involved with photography through the light microscope. Focusing into the small worlds of animals, plants and minerals using various techniques and different instruments, this year’s entries brought us images of amazing crystalline formations, fluorescent body parts, cellular structures and more, valuable for both their beauty and insight.