Close up of spores from a slime mold in the genus Lamproderma
Alison Pollack, courtesy of Nikon
Even taken separately, the words “slime” and “mold” rarely conjure up the word “gorgeous” but this photo proves that sometimes, in order to see an organism’s true beauty, you need to look really, really closely. Photographer Alison Pollack snapped this picture of fruiting bodies from a slime mold growing on leaves, according to her Instagram post. She explains that the spores are less than a millimeter tall and she used a focus stacking technique to reveal all of the tiny details. Pollack’s image took 5th place in the 2022 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.