PICTURES: Best Micro-Photos of 2009 Announced

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Seventh Place: Hairy Vine

Hairs blown up 450 times appear to flow off a black-eyed susan's vine like a Rastafarian's dreadlocks, as seen in this winning picture from the 2009 Small World Photomicrography Competition.

Structural elements called trichomes are invisible to the naked eye, noted photographer Shirley Owens, a retired member of the Center for Advanced Microscopy at Michigan State University.
—Photograph by Shirley Owens, courtesy Nikon Small World
 
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