Winner of Honorable Mention in Olympus’ BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition® of 2010.

This image captured via darkfield and polarized light microscopy shows desmid Micrasterias, a chlorophyceae alga of extraordinary beauty, beginning to divide. Micrasterias have bilateral symmetry, with two mirror image semi-cells joined by a narrow isthmus containing the nucleus.

Image by Antonio Guillén, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain

(Source: cellimagelibrary.org)

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