Insight in an invisible small world

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.

© Duane Harland / Ctenocephalides canis (flea) 20x

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.

© Paul D. Andrews / Telophase HeLa (human cancer) cells expressing Aurora B-EGFP (green) 100x

© Raymond Sloss / A radiolarian (type of zoo plankton) magnified (250x) in this image

© David Millard / Hemiargus isola (Reakirt’s blue butterfly) egg on Mimosa strigillosa (pink powder puff) bud (6X)

© Fabrice Parais / Hydropsyche angustipennis (caddisfly) larva head (30X)

© Cameron Johnson / Wistar rat retina outlining the retinal vessel network and associated communication channels (100X)

© Charles Krebs / Ichneumon wasp compound eye and antenna base (40X)

© Antonio G. Valdecasas, Jose M. Becerra / Female Axonopsis (water mite), ventral side (200X)

© Honorio Cocera-La Parra / Radial crystal spray of a phosphate mineral called cacoxenite (18X)

© J. Claire Hoving / Anisakis pegreffi (parasitic worm) (40X)

© Laurie Knight of Tonbridge View of Dolichopodid sp. (fly) eyes (Magnified 10X)

© Marie Andersson / Anopheles (mosquito) eye (20X)

© James Nicholson / Orange Fungia (mushroom coral), live specimen (6X)

© Laurie Knight / Turbinate eyes of male mayfly (10X)

© Stephen Nagy / M.D. Craspedodiscus coscinodiscus Ehrenberg (extinct marine diatom) (1440X)

© Marie Andersson / Drosophila sp. (fruit fly) eye, direct mount (20X)

© Thomas Shearer A polished piece of Mexican fire agate (magnification of 4X)

© Yanping Wang / Snowflake (16X)

© Robert Markus / Mirabilis jalapa (four o’clock flower) stigma with pollen (100X)


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There are 7 comments

  1. Kifus

    One cannot cease to be amazed by the perfection and beauty of nature. Just look at the perfect symmetry the of marine diatom!
    Great post!
    By the way, is your name Jürgen? Because it doesn’t feel ok to say have a great day, Niceartlife!
    Anyway, have a beautiful day!

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