Tis The Season

'Season's Greetings' © David McCarthyA close up image of a peppercorn and a grain of sea salt has won this year’s Visions of Science photo competition. Photos get the flavour of science is the byline from the BBC. The image was taken by David McCarthy from the School of Pharmacy at the University of London, using a scanning electron microscope. He used the photo to produce Christmas cards titled “Season’s Greetings.”

It should be noted that the actual image is black and white, this photo has been colorized to hint at the peppercorn’s fiery character and the sea salt’s oceanic origins. But it is still a cool photo. Check out the other winning entrants on the page from the BBC.