microscopic crystalline landscape photography by tim oliver

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A vital part of our everyday diet, Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is a nutrient found naturally in many fruit and vegetables. For these images powdered Vitamin C was dissolved in water and a drop mounted on a glass slide and covered with a small slip to make a thin section. Different temperatures caused a diverse array of crystal formations.

These images are fascinating and beautiful in a fairy-tale way – mystical creatures in a wonderland of colour. They’re all the more interesting for the importance as a human nutrient.