That’s right. Photographed.
Stills and footage from an ongoing project by photographer Søren Solkær in the marshlands of southern Denmark where every spring and autumn, an estimated million migrating starlings converge in vast murmurations. Sez he:
At times the flock seems to possess the cohesive power of super fluids, changing shape in an endless flux: From geometric to organic, from solid to fluid, from matter to ethereal, from reality to dream—an exchange in which real-time ceases to exist and mythical time pervades. This is the moment I have attempted to capture—a fragment of eternity.
A book of the project is released this week.
So much detail. Far too much for one photograph, that’s for sure. To wit:
The featured dark sky composite combines over 60 exposures spanning over 220 degrees to create a veritable menagerie of night sky wonders. Visible celestial icons include the Belt of Orion, the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the California Nebula, and bright stars Sirius and Betelgeuse. You can verify that you found these, if you did, by checking an annotated version of the image. A bit harder, though, is finding Polaris and the Big Dipper. Also discernible are several meteors from the Quandrantids meteor shower, red and green airglow, and two friends of the astrophotographer. The picture was captured in January from Sardinia, Italy. You can see sky wonders in your own night sky tonight — including more meteors than usual — because tonight is near peak of the yearly Orionids meteor shower.
(Image: Tomáš Slovinský)
A selection of winners from the 2020 Close Up Photographer Of The Year.
Above: a multi-hued glass worm by Andrei Savitsky; fruiting bodies of the slime mold Metatrichia floriformis growing on a decaying beech trunk by Bary Webb; a bioluminescent Lamprigera beetle in the Borneo rainforest by Chien Lee; a spider at Turjanos nature conservation area, Kisőrös, Hungary by Csaba Daroczi; an eel larva off the island of Lembeh (Indonesia) during a blackwater dive by Galice Hoarau (the overall winner); a great crested tit in a wood in Switzerland by Giacomo Redaelli; a butterfly on the wall of an abandoned building site in Yorkshire by Mike Curry and a springtail on an icy lake at Csongrád-Bokros, Hungary by Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz (young photographer of the year).
An extremely well timed shot of a sailboat at dawn with a bonus feature. To wit:
…by a lucky coincidence, the background Sun itself appears unusual — it looks like the Greek letter Omega (Ω). In reality, the Sun remained its circular self — the Omega illusion was created by sunlight refracting through warm air just above the water. Optically, the feet of the capital Omega are actually an inverted image of the Sun region just above it. Although somewhat rare, optical effects caused by the Earth’s atmosphere can make distant objects near the horizon — including the Sun and Moon — look quite unusual. This single exposure image was taken over the Mediterranean Sea just over two weeks ago near Valencia, Spain.
(Image: Juan Antonio Sendra)