The Real Deal
This photomicrograph looks too much like a digitally crafted image to be real, but it without a doubt is the real deal. This is what a Senecio vulgaris (a flowering plant) seed’s head looks like magnified 2x with a stereomicroscopy, a microscope with two eyepieces, used for three-dimensional imaging. The plant, often known and as “groundsel” or “old-man-in-the-Spring”, is native to Europe and produces small yellow flowers and dandelion-like seed heads. The photographer is Dr. Havi Sarfaty, an ophthalmologist, from Yahoo-Monoson, Israel. It was the second place winner of Nikon’s competition this year.