We’ve featured close-up photographs of diatoms before, and as explained these images are microscopic photographs of algae. The patterns and colors created from the smallest organisms on earth are astounding.
But saying that they are microscopic photographs doesn’t really explain — how did the scientists and artists capture these amazing images?
Klaus Kemp is here to explain it for us. The video below gives us some insight into his studies and artwork, as diatoms have been his professional and artistic focus for many years.
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At first glance you would think that these spiders have been turned into a walking art project, but in fact they are naturally decorated with the sequin-esque reflective pieces on their backs.
These spiders are appropriately called mirrored, or sequined spiders and they can actually change the size of the reflective patches, depending on if they are on the move or at rest, threatened or relaxed.
Venture over to photographer Nicky Bay’s website to see some more (and less pretty) macro shots of spiders.
Via Bored Panda
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When you think of bees, you might not immediately think of them as majestic, beautiful or even positive in any way. Photographer and naturalist Clay Bolt has set out to change that.
The photographs were taken for the Beautiful Bees project, and aim to change the way we think about, research and see bees. You can see from the photographs that there are many kinds of this frequently-hated insect, and a closer look reveals colors and features that are often overlooked and endearing.
Seeing the bees this way, Bolt hopes will help people to respect and protect the nature around them. See more photographs of bees, and other insects, birds and amphibians on Bolt’s website.
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Jakob Wagner is a photographer that loves to focus on “scapes” — his website features aerialscapes, nightscapes and winterscapes. His newest series Sandscapes fits that theme, but presents completely unique images.
These images are abstract landcapes, taken along the shores of beaches in the Netherlands. The closeup look at water and sand, combined with the lighting that Wagner captures present a stillness that could only be found in nature.
Get lost in the patterns of these sandscapes, then head to his website to take a look at his other scapes!
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When you think of mushrooms — or fungi — the first thought that comes to mind is not usually how beautiful, or pretty, or fascinating they are. Generally fungus is associated, to no fault of its own, with negative thoughts like gross or weird.
Steve Axford has changed that.
A photographer based in Australia, Axford has captured some rare and undiscovered types of mushrooms. The colors, textures and overall images are so pleasing to look at that you would never think the subject was fungi. Ranging from temperate fungi (well-known) to tropical fungi (not-so-well-documented) Axford seeks out the most intriguing, visually and scientifically, animals, plants and people to photograph.
We think he’s done an amazing job with this series, check out his Flickr for even more photos.
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The title says it all! We want to take a moment to appreciate the things that are sometimes easily overlooked – architecture built by animals.
We humans base a lot of our architecture and design in general on things that occur naturally, or in the wild by our furry friends. And these photos show why — they are creative and smart builders!
The fact that they don’t have access to the tools, machines, and technology that we do and they still create these magnificent – and highly functional – works of architecture is very impressive. The photographs were all captured by Ingo Arndt for the book, Animal Architecture.
Take a look at some of the awesome construction he discovered.
Australian Weaver Ants Nest
Buff-Tip Moth Larvae Web
Baya Weavers Woven Nest
Via AnOther Magazine
These X-ray images reveal the tiny details within nature. As a physicist, Arie van’t Riet specialized in radiation and low energy X-rays and eventually turned this part of his profession into an artistic hobby.
The stunning black and white images are first taken using X-ray technology, and afterwards he fills in the color using photoshop, as he sees fit. The combination and contrast between the X-ray image and the color is eye-catching and interesting. Van’t Riet says that approaching an image opportunity, “Each time it is challenging me to arrive at an X-ray photograph that represents the sentiment of the scene.”
Take a look at the colorful, yet black and white images below and let us know what you think! If you like this work, stop by DNA 11 to some more science-based art!
These photographs capture some of the oldest living things in the world. As she explains in her TED talk, Sussman has been working for nearly a decade to research and track down these organisms, and it will take her about two more to track down the rest and complete the series.
The organisms included range from 2,000 years old (brain coral in Tobago) to 80,000 years old (aspens in Utah) to 400,000 years old (actinobacteria in soil from Copenhagen).
Check out some more of the oldest living things in the world below!
Via Brain Pickings
Depending on our expertise, we all see the world differently. As a graphic designer, Victoria Siemer sees the possibilities of manipulation within that world. As such, she has taken to adjusting images to reflect certain moods, thoughts, and feelings.
In the end they each express something different, and seemingly profound.
On first glance you would think there was a large mirror placed in the middle of the landscape, but upon further examination you can see that each of the images has a piece that has been highlighted, duplicated, reflected or adjusted in some way. The tricks these images play on your brain are interesting, and each one has a slightly different adjustment.
More of her work can be seen on her blog, and she follows a similar trend within her work but each series and each piece varies in some way.
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It isn’t a new notion to focus on insects and water droplets and all things tiny when delving into the world of macro photography. However, Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko has revealed a new world to us through his macro photography: the world of snails.
His photographs seem to convey a quiet, peaceful and slow-moving world that we humans are just too big to understand. These delicate moments are captured in some of the most bright and colorful scenery. It’s almost as if these images are straight out of a fairytale movie.
Take a look at some of the moments Mishchenko has captured below, and try to imagine the moments in that snail’s daily life that you are witnessing.