When you're looking at the world through a microscope, appearances can be deceptive. Vegetables look like minerals, and tiny creatures look like alien invaders. Just check out the incredibly gorgeous winners of this year's Nikon Small World microphotography competition.
Every year, Nikon's Small World photomicrography contest collects the very best in microscopic photography, and every year the results are strange, beautiful, and basically impossible to identify. This tiny cosmos, for example, is soap. Soy sauce looks even crazier: