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Macro Kingdom

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A exploration of the microscopic world around us.

Photos, left to right: The warming Arctic (Global Warming Images/Alamy); steam and smoke seen over a coal power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany (Martin Meissner/AP); a storm brews over a beach at Cancun, Mexico. ...read more

Macro Minerals Make Abstract Art

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Incredible close-up images of agate crystals show off nature's art skills

Few things in nature are more creatively patterned than agate, a type of quartz that forms in concentric layers in a wide variety of colors and textures. The fine-grained rock has been a favorite carving material since at least as far back as Ancient Greece.  These macro shots of agate, part of a Flickr set created by a Czech mineral shop, show off the rock's psychedelic patterns and......read more

Macro Kingdom III

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It's a small world after all.

Clemens Wirth continues his creative vision with the third instalment of his Macro Kingdom series. With a macro lens affixed to his camera, Wirth captures ethereal images of natural phenomena in miniature. The popular videos unveil the unseen in the universe around us.   “The minute is a special place, unseen microcosms within a unseen universe bind us together," writes Wirth. "Our......read more

Caren Alpert: Terra Cibus

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Extraordinary photos of food shot with an electron microscope

Bay Area fine art photographer Caren Alpert brings together her interests in food, science, and art to create these vivid, incredibly detailed images of food. Shot with a scanning electron microscope, the photos render common eats as abstract, otherworldly landscapes.  "Because I’m a science geek at heart, it’s not such a far leap to explore food in a way that no one else has,"......read more

Slow Life by Daniel Stoupin

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Watch a mesmerizing macro time-lapse of exotic corals

Daniel Stoupin, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia, combined macro, aquatic and time-lapse photography to create this hypnotic underwater clip. The video, titled "Slow Life," was assembled from over 150,000 close-up photographs of exotic corals, showing their secret lives under high magnification. "Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Glassphemy!

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Smashing bottles on the Gowanus Canal.

New York's Macro-Sea invades underused urban spaces and reenergizes them with creative projects and happenings. Like Glassphemy!, a 20x30-foot "visceral and psychological recycling center" erected in a pre-gentrified lot on the Gowanus Canal. In a violently fun take on recycling, participants were invited in the structure to smash empty beer bottles against the bulletproof glass. The shattered......read more

Macro Snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov

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Up-close images of snow crystals show winter as you've never seen it before

With winter's official entrance last weekend, there's no better time to view through some incredible images of snow. Moscow photographer Alexey Kljatov captured these stunning macro photos of snowflakes using a homemade camera rig that he cobbled together with a working lens, a wooden board, some screws and old camera parts. The amateur setup pulls off photos you would expect from expensive,......read more

Micro-Macro

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An amazing animated story of the universe, told in food

With inspiration from the Charles and Ray Eames' "Powers of Ten" -- the uber-great short documentary that takes viewers on an adventure in orders of magnitude -- filmmaking trio Encyclopedia Pictura set out to visualize the scales of the physical universe using stop-motion-animated food. "Micro-Macro" is the result, and the result is awesome. From atomic particles made of brussel sprouts, to......read more

Abstract Coral Patterns by Alexander Semenov

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Russian diver snaps spellbinding macro photos of coral beneath the Red Sea

Alexander Semenov, a Russian biologist and underwater photographer, has gained plenty of well-deserved internet fame for his otherworldly images of jellyfish and other equally alien marine wildlife. His photographic exploration of underwater forms continues with Living Stones, a new series highlighting the patterns and textures of coral lifeforms in the Red Sea. The macro images, spotted on......read more

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