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a flower taken with a scanning electron microscope
September 28, 2014


“I live in a typical Japanese town and often go for a walk at dusk,” writes Matsuura Tomoya, a member of our Your Shot community. “On my walking route, there are small plants that nobody ever takes any notice of growing in the cracks of the asphalt road.” Tomoya picked up some of the withered plants and used a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to capture this image.

“There is even more magnificent nature existing in each small part of what we often think of as nature, and a life-and-death drama is repeatedly played out there,” he writes.

See more of Tomoya’s SEM images in the Long Lens feature “The Art of Decay.”»

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Photograph by Matsuura Tomoya, National Geographic Your Shot

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