Photographer Elizabeth Marchiondo doesn’t often have the opportunity to handle organisms as delicate as this chameleon. “I’m used to photographing live aquarium scum through a microscope or wading through a lagoon to capture specimens,” she says. So Marchiondo was delighted when zoologist Andrew Gillis donated the deceased creature to the lab where she was a microscopy intern. The chameleon had been prepped with stains that dye bones and cartilage, an enzyme that digests flesh, and chemicals that render skin and muscles transparent. Because she was working with a three-dimensional subject, Marchiondo focused her camera on different planes of its body and then stitched 32 images together to create a single, crisp picture.