This remarkable creature is a Goliath beetle and is almost 6 inches long. Its surface has a velvet-like texture.
Below is an alien butterfly. This is an image from a slide of Potassium phosphate viewed with polarized light.
This marvelous elephant was produced by crystals of Ferric Ammonium Sulfate and was photographed using polarized light.
A crystal formed by the combination of Magnesium Chloride and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Polarized light.
Magnesium sulfate mixed with the biological stain Methylene blue. This image was taken with only partially crossed polars and looks rather like a Chinese ideogram.