Category Archives: Nature

Macro photography of the multi coloured hairs and iridescent scales of butterfly wings by Chris Perani.

Meticulously composed and focussed with a near zero depth of field, many involve the composition of over 2000 separate exposures.


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.

In fairness.


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 elegant physique of the Asian Pseudozizeeria maha (Pale Grass Blue) butterfly, observed by a scanning electron microscope in the first instalment of 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.


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.