Seeing things in new ways is sometimes as simple as getting closer to them. A lot closer.
That's definitely the case with these microscopic photographs, winners of the 2012 Nikon Small World Photography Competition.
There are lots of surprises in these pictures, like the way fruit fly larvae seem to be asking for a hug when you get up close:
Or the way a house spider actually gets a lot scarier under the microscope:
And some of the images show an unexpected side of everyday objects. Like this shot of... garlic?
Turns out a lot of objects start to look like beautiful abstract art under the microscope (like the magnified woolflower at the top of this post).
Check out these pics and try to guess what they are:
Give up? Well, if you guessed any of them correctly, you must be a scientist (and a good one, at that).
The first image is a the blood-brain barrier of a zebra fish embryo (obviously), the second is an embryonic mouse limb, and the third is a drosophila larva gut.
Too easy for you? Here's something tougher:
Or maybe really easy. Those are, indeed, ants.
For this year's other winners, and a link to past year's competitions, visit PopSci right here.