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© Yukari Dan, Iwao Yamazaki, Tsuneo Akiba (Hitachi Instrument Engineering Co.,Ltd.)
A passionate flower blooms between rugged rocks. In fact, the features in the image are gatherings of minute ice crystals which formed in the specimen chamber of a scanning electron microscope. The beauty did not last long: The rocks disappeared in the surrounding atmosphere of 10-3 Pa and temperatures below-85°C due to sublimation.
At 51st photo contest hosted by the Japanese Society of Electron Microscopy in 1995.