It’s remarkable how even the most seemingly insignificant things in life can be the source of tremendous beauty, once you know how and where to look. Consider these gorgeous grains of sand below, magnified 250 times:
According to the DailyMail, these are the first photographs of their kind, and each sand grain is as unique as a snowflake. It’s hard to believe that this is the same sort of sand we walk upon at the beach without much thought; that each pesky grain that gets stuck in my hair or in my shoes is something as delicate and aesthetic as this.
Professor Gary Greenberg, the scientist and photographer responsible for these gorgeous compilations, goes through a lot of painstaking work to put it all together:
Prof Greenberg, who searches through thousands of tiny rocks with acupuncture needles to find and arrange the most perfect specimens, then uses a painstaking technique to create his images.
He has spent five years searching the globe for remarkable sand grains like these to photograph.
He said: ‘Extreme close up photography normally gives a very shallow depth of field so I had to develop a new process to make the pictures that I wanted.
‘I take dozens of pictures at different points of focus then combine them using software to produce my images.
‘Although the pictures look simple each grain of sand can take hours to photograph in a way that I am happy with.
‘The beach nearest my lab is Haiku, Hawaii but my pictures show sand from all round the world from Japan to Ireland.’
It takes a great mind to come up with something so creative and out-of-the-box, to say nothing of his incredible attention to detail. The intersection of art and science can produce such unparalleled beauty, and a considerably greater appreciation for the wonderment of nature.
If you’d like to see more photos and learn more about this unique endeavor, visit the professor’s website.