Here, have a flower.
Up close. Colored in photoshop.
Found in the Wikimedia Commons.
Nikon (through Wired) presents some of the most amazing windows onto the microscopic world ever seen:
Super-close-ups of garlic, snail fossils, stinging nettle, bat embryos, bone cancer and a ladybug are among the top images this year. The first place winner (above) shows the blood-brain barrier in a living zebrafish embryo, which Nikon believes [...]
Dark field microscopy is the art of using indirect light to illuminate specimens under your microscope lens; because the light is indirect, it doesn’t shine into the microscope, and the specimen appears to be floating brilliantly against a night-black background.
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A bouquet of flowers, and one of the deadliest poisons known to humankind.
From the image’s Wikimedia Commons page:
Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower (Helianthus annuus), morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea), hollyhock (Sildalcea malviflora), lily (Lilium auratum), primrose (Oenothera fruticosa) and castor bean (Ricinus communis).
Hollyhocks and morning glories are [...]
As cited on Scientific Illustration (where I found this):
“This 1875 drawing of a dog’s olfactory bulb by