09/17/2012 03:01 pm ET

Electron Microscope Photos Show Spider Skin, Coffee, Dandelions, Tomato In Extreme Close-Up

Electron microscopes give scientists a close-up look at tiny things--cells, germs, crystals, and even certain molecules. But as you can see in this series of images provided by scientific instruments company FEI, the scopes can also turn everyday objects into awe-inspiring spectacles--a dandelion looks like a fireworks display, a tomato leaf morphs into a bizarre jungle, and bread mold becomes art.

A picture of a hydrothermal worm up close took the Internet by storm last year. But for now, check out the slideshow below to see how daily reality can appear imaginary when viewed up close--really close.

  • Carbajo Maria / FEI
    Spider Skin FEI
  • Ken Bart / FEI
    Caterpillar FEI
  • Maria Carbajo, FEI
    Ground coffee FEI
  • Gerald Poirier / FEI
    Dandelions FEI
  • Nayely Pineda / FEI
    Fruit Fly FEI
  • Maksim Kalienko / FEI
    Aluminium Fracture FEI
  • Ken Bart / FEI
    Tomato Leaf FEI
  • Wadah Mahmoud / FEI
    Penicillium Fungus of Bread FEI
  • Alexander Kraft / FEI
    Stoma of a Potato Leaf FEI
  • Valerie Lynch-Holm / FEI
    Embedded Tick FEI