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17 Mind-Bending Pictures Of Life Through A Microscope

The world is much bigger than you might think.

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For over 70 years, photographer and zoology graduate Spike Walker has been fascinated with the worlds too small to see with the naked eye.

As a 12-year-old in 1945, Spike pursued his love of both science and photography by purchasing his first microscope. Sixteen years later, in 1961, he was awarded the Royal Society Award for Scientific Research for his extensive work on work of living freshwater protozoa and algae. This year, the Royal Photographic Society has presented Walker with the Scientific Imaging Award, an accolade given to an "individual for a body of scientific imaging which promotes public knowledge and understanding."

Here are a few of Spike Walker’s most captivating images:


5. The intricate mosaic found on the legs of a great diving beetle.

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Dytiscus marginalis is a large and powerful freshwater diving beetle. The males have developed plate-like joints on their front legs, covered in suckers, to hold onto the female during mating. The photo shows a portion of such a joint with part of one of the two large suckers and five rows of small ones.


6. The mammoth features of a magnified wingless fly parasite.

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A wingless fly that’s parasitic on honeybees. It lives on the body of the bee and sips nectar from the host's mouth parts.

7. The infinite complexity of human neurons found in the medulla oblongata.

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Neurons in the medulla oblongata, part of the brain stem that controls our respiration and reflexes.


15. A feeding frenzy of bacteria and ciliate protozoa — all occurring within the water of a flower vase.

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Bacteria and the ciliate protozoa that feed on them in water from a flower vase.

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