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Microscopic Sand Photography Reveals the Breathtaking Beauty Hiding at the Beach



Next time you’re at the beach, forget about the sunset or the crashing waves or the light that’s reflecting off of the water just so; if you want an amazing photo opportunity, all you have to do is look down at the stuff between your toes.

We’re talking, of course, about sand. And if you’re thinking that sand isn’t exactly photogenic we have a feeling your opinions will change once you feast your eyes on what Dr. Gary Greenberg saw when he put sand grains under the microscope.

It turns out that sand grains magnified 100 to 300 times are, without a doubt, breathtaking. Swirling shells, iridescent star shapes and gorgeous pieces of coral reveal themselves when looked at at high magnification.

Here are a few of the photos found on Dr. Greenberg’s Sand Grains website:







This project is just one of many similar ones in which Dr. Greenberg turns his microscopic attention on everyday objects in nature. From sand, to food, to flowers, each photo “reveal[s] the secret beauty of the microscopic landscape that makes up our everyday world.” From his bio:

These everyday objects take on a new reality when magnified hundreds of times, revealing hidden and unexpected aspects of nature. Dr. Greenberg’s images of sand make us realize that as we walk along a beach we are strolling upon thousands of years of biological and geological history.

To see many more of these sand grain photographs complete with captions that explain what exactly it is you are looking at, head over to Dr. Greenberg’s website by clicking here.

(via Boing Boing)

Image credits: Photographs by Dr. Gary Greenberg and used with permission.