It's a small, small world (and three wise monkeys)

By Grant Jacobs 24/10/2012 5


The Annual Nikon Small World competition is one of my favourite events.

Wonderful shots of tiny things you don’t see in daily life. I’ve included a couple of favourites below. Readers should go to the Nikon site to find their own favourites.

First is these three black mastiff bat embryos:


Dorit Hockman, University of Cambridge

But why is there no reference in the citation to the three wise monkeys?!* –


David Monniaux, 2003. Original source Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 1.0 Generic license.

This I like in part because it’s from something familiar to many, garlic. The photo is of floral primordia.


Dr. Somayeh Naghiloo, University of Tabriz, Iran.

Update

There’s a Question and Answer session with the overall winner, Jennifer Peters, on the Nature Methods blog, Methagora. Jennifer’s photo was of the blood-brain barrier of zebrafish.

Footnote

Short post today. On top of the usual mess I have a tax return to complete, which naturally enough lowers my mood. I suspect I’m compensating with something ‘happy’!

* The resemblance is striking enough to even make you wonder if these were selected from many, noting that they just happen to resemble the three wise monkey’s poses. They are a staging series, progressing in development. With that in mind it may just be remarkable luck. The resemblance is intriguing either way!


5 Responses to “It's a small, small world (and three wise monkeys)”

  • Just added an update to the post, linking to a Question and Answer session with the overall winner, Jennifer Peters, on the Nature Methods blog, Methagora. (Jennifer’s photo was of the blood-brain barrier of zebrafish.)

  • 3 little dogs who new the camera was pointed just at them…. and they thought “we’re as smart as monkeys (if not smarter) so lets have some fun with the hairless ape behind this camera…:-)

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