The rose-tinted vision of Europe’s furthest flung island that is Dreamscapes of Iceland – images of the natural terrain in extraordinary shades of visceral red and pink.
Photographer Al Mefer, who fell in love with rural Iceland while exploring the so-called ‘Golden Circle’ in the south of the country, explains:
I wanted to picture it in a way that it’d feel new yet as oneiric in the images as it is to see it live.
Nano-scale images of kidney stones from a report published recently in the Journal of Scientific Research showing the painfully-passed little buggers as strangely beautiful microscopic coral reef like structures, very different to the homogenous, insoluble nuggets they were once thought to be.
MORE: Kidney Stones Are More Beautiful Than You Might Think (new York Times)
The Double Rainbow of our time.
The elegant physique of the Asian (Pale Grass Blue) butterfly, observed by a scanning electron microscope in the first instalment of Pseudozizeeria maha Microworld Unseen – a new series by the Beauty Of Science educational YouTube channel.
The landscapes of Dordogne in southwestern France captured through infrared lenses by French photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer, rendering all living plant matter in vivid hues of canary yellow.
Throw off your chains, slaves to the visible spectrum.
Two of many close-up and characterful shark portraits captured by clearly fearless underwater photographer
A lightning strike emanates from a huge cumulonimbus cloud over the Kanto region of Japan on Sunday.
Photo by Masayoshi Toyama.
A rather pleasing sequence of light playing over the surface of the moon – an attempt to capture the mood of Claude Debussy’s Clair De Lune (1905)
NASA Goddard sez:
The visuals were composed like a nature documentary, with clean cuts and a mostly stationary virtual camera. The viewer follows the Sun throughout a lunar day, seeing sunrises and then sunsets over prominent features on the Moon. The sprawling ray system surrounding Copernicus crater, for example, is revealed beneath receding shadows at sunrise and later slips back into darkness as night encroaches.
A BBC Earth Unplugged sequence featuring footage of all manner of creatures being adorable and terrifying at 28,000 frames per second..
Phenomenons by Japanese marine photographer Ryo Minemizu: diverse plankton species against the darkened deep water backdrops at the Osezaki sea near Mount Fuji, the Philippines and Maldives..
From top: the tiny larval fish of Dendrochirus; a minute larval Gymnapogon; the very wee larval fish of Soleichthys; an acutely diminuitive larval Tripod fish; the itty-bitty Paralepididae; a hardly worth bothering about Megalopa larva of Eplumula phalangium; the normally impossible to make out larva of Lysmataa; a sub-Lilliputian Nausithoe jellyfish and the really very far from large larval stage of the Barred soapfish.