that photo could have been taken with a $90 50mm prime lens... and it is indeed real. its just like the photo above that with the daisy in the water droplet. water refracts light and the round shape it takes is what creates the image within it. just gotta pay attention, this kind of awesome stuff is all around us.
this is what i have chosen to do as a career, and watching that slideshow just makes me so convinced that there is nothing more perfect for me. photography can be so amazing when its done well... its art, but it can carry an incredible message as well. bravo to all of the contributing photographers and i hope to one day be up there with them.