91 Amazing Photomicrography Pictures Show The Beauty & Complexity Of These Tiny Universes

OK, America. We’re calling a timeout.

We may only have just under one more month to go until possibly the most embarrassing presidential election in U.S. history comes to an end and we can all go about the business of lamenting what awaits over the next four years. That’s going to feel like a longer wait than it is. With that in mind, let’s all take a moment to appreciate just how intricate and beautiful the littlest things around us can be.

Every one of these images was captured by placing a trace of an everyday object beneath some of the highest-powered microscopes in the world. A soap bubble. Coffee grounds. A human HeLa cell dividing itself. The eye of a jumping spider and fin of a zebrafish. Looking inside a single particle reveals an entire universe that might as well be as “alive” with energy and uniquely complex structures as gigantic cobbled-together seas of various organic matter like us.

See? Doesn’t that soothing little moment just make you feel a little bit lighter, a little bit more at peace? Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to spray down the Statue of Liberty with viscous purple slime and play it some Jackie Wilson just in case that didn’t settle everyone down.

Source – IFLScience

Caudal gill of a dragonfly larva

caudal-gill-of-a-dragonfly-larva

Microcrystal test for oxycodone

microcrystal-test-for-oxycodone

Butterfly scales

butterfly-scales

Casuarina seed

casuarina-seed

 

Butterfly proboscis

butterfly-proboscis

Beta-alanine and taurine crystals

beta-alanine-and-taurine-crystals

Black Elder Tree Flower Stamen

black-elder-tree-flower-stamen

Brain matter of a transgenic mouse in 3D

brain-matter-of-a-transgenic-mouse-in-3d

Barley stem cross section

barley-stem-cross-section

 

Ant leg

 

ant-leg

Ant pupae

ant-pupae

Algae

algae

Ammonite shell

 

ammonite-shell Air bubbles formed from melted ascorbic acid crystalsair-bubbles-formed-from-melted-ascorbic-acid-crystals Air bubbles in evaporating tequila air-bubbles-in-evaporating-tequila Algae cells algae-cells A daisy’s central disc pattern of tiny unopened flowers a-daisys-central-disc-pattern-of-tiny-unopened-flowersA Frontonia cell showing ingested food, cilia, mouth, and trichocysts a-frontonia-cell-showing-ingested-food-cilia-mouth-and-trichocysts 3D picture of moving vesicles3d-picture-of-moving-vesicles
Zooplankton carefully arranged by hand in Victorian style

zooplankton-carefully-arranged-by-hand-in-victorian-style Young flower buds of Arabidopsis, a flowering plantyoung-flower-buds-of-arabidopsis-a-flowering-plant
Zebrafish fin

zebrafish-fin

Wildflower stamens

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Wildflower stamens

wildflower-stamens

Viperfish

 

viperfish

Wasp eyes

wasp-eyes

Water mite

water-mite

Tintinnid ciliate of a marine plankton from the Indian Ocean

tintinnid-ciliate-of-a-marine-plankton-from-the-indian-ocean

Trumpet animalcule an endosymbionts

trumpet-animalcule-an-endosymbionts

The prolegs of a hairy caterpillar gripping a small branch

the-prolegs-of-a-hairy-caterpillar-gripping-a-small-branch

Tiger beetle and a scale of the forester moth

tiger-beetle-and-a-scale-of-the-forester-moth

Tail of a small shrimp

tail-of-a-small-shrimp

Testis of a fruit fly

testis-of-a-fruit-fly

Spore capsule of a moss

spore-capsule-of-a-moss

Surface of embryonic mouse kidney

 

surface-of-embryonic-mouse-kidney

Seeds of an Indian Paintbrush wildflower

 

seeds-of-an-indian-paintbrush-wildflower

Slime mold

slime-mold

 

Section of stem of a plant specimen

 

section-of-stem-of-a-plant-specimen

Section of the cerebellum in a brain

section-of-the-cerebellum-in-a-brain

Scales of a butterfly wing

scales-of-a-butterfly-wing

Section of a begonia flower

section-of-a-begonia-flower

Scales of a butterfly wing underside

 

scales-of-a-butterfly-wing-underside

Robber fly

 

robber-fly

 

Rubber coated with a thin glass

 

 

rubber-coated-with-a-thin-glass Polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate

 

polished-slab-of-teepee-canyon-agate

Red speckled jewel beetle

red-speckled-jewel-beetle Oreina cacaliaeoreina-cacaliae Poison fangs of a centipedepoison-fangs-of-a-centipede Mouse retina, laid flat
mouse-retina-laid-flat Mouse retinal ganglion cells mouse-retinal-ganglion-cells Mullein flower
mullein-flower Mosquito larva
mosquito-larva Mouse hand showing veins mouse-hand-showing-veins Midge flies
midge-flies
Leaves of a liverwort plantleaves-of-a-liverwort-plant Leg of a water boatmanleg-of-a-water-boatman Jellyfishjellyfish Jurinea mollis seed
jurinea-mollis-seed Leaves of a lesser club moss
leaves-of-a-lesser-club-moss Human HeLa cell undergoing cell division
human-hela-cell-undergoing-cell-division Inside of a humped bladderwort, a freshwater carnivorous plantinside-of-a-humped-bladderwort-a-freshwater-carnivorous-plant Human brain cells differentiated from embryonic stem cells human-brain-cells-differentiated-from-embryonic-stem-cells Hippocampal brain slice hippocampal-brain-slice Hippocampal neuronshippocampal-neurons Head of an orange ladybird head-of-an-orange-ladybird Head of a skinbow zebrafish larvae head-of-a-skinbow-zebrafish-larvae Green bottle fly
green-bottle-fly
Glycerin-based soapy solution

glycerin-based-soapy-solution Goatsbeard flower seedsgoatsbeard-flower-seeds

Gear-like hind legs of a planthopper nymph

gear-like-hind-legs-of-a-planthopper-nymph

Fungus growing on cow dung

fungus-growing-on-cow-dung

Galls of a mite and fungus on the surface of a scarlet firethorn plant

galls-of-a-mite-and-fungus-on-the-surface-of-a-scarlet-firethorn-plant

Front foot of a male diving beetle

front-foot-of-a-male-diving-beetle

Four-day-old zebrafish embryo

four-day-old-zebrafish-embryo

Fossil diatom composed of 20 individual photos

fossil-diatom-composed-of-20-individual-photos

Eyes of a jumping spider

eyes-of-a-jumping-spider

Flow currents generated by an eight-week-old starfish larva

flow-currents-generated-by-an-eight-week-old-starfish-larva

Espresso coffee crystals

espresso-coffee-crystals

Early stages of mouse embryos

early-stages-of-mouse-embryos

Egg of a Gulf Fritillary butterfly

egg-of-a-gulf-fritillary-butterfly

Deep sea crustacean

deep-sea-crustacean

Diatoms

diatoms

Curvepod fumewort seed

curvepod-fumewort-seed

Dahlia flower section

dahlia-flower-section

Crystals of salicin, a painkiller, extracted from Willow tree bark

crystals-of-salicin-a-painkiller-extracted-from-willow-tree-bark

Cultured fat cells from a grizzly bear

cultured-fat-cells-from-a-grizzly-bear

Cross-section of reinforced carbon-fiber

cross-section-of-reinforced-carbon-fiber

Crystals of diclofenac (also called Zorvolex), a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug

crystals-of-diclofenac-also-called-zorvolex-a-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drug

Copper crystals

copper-crystals

Cross section of a lily of the valley

cross-section-of-a-lily-of-the-valley

Cerebellum brain section of a rat

cerebellum-brain-section-of-a-rat

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