Sunday, March 6, 2016



I've been browsing the internet this week, and have come across some interesting pictures with details, that I wanted to share.  These are just unique pictures that are rare, maybe not Photos of the week, but certainly worth sharing with people.


As a biochemist by trade, Linden Gledhill has learned to appreciate the beauty of even the smallest of things. So when he isn’t developing biopharmaceuticals to treat diseases like cancer and diabetes, Gledhill combines his skills with a microscope and his love for photography to create incredible macro images that showcase nature’s intricate beauty.
In a recent study of the wing structure and colorful adornment of butterflies and moths, Gledhill created a stunning series of images that includes this photograph of a sunset moth’s wing:
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Gledhill’s macro image of a sunset moth’s wing. (Via Imgur. Click to see larger size.)
The sunset moth, technically known as Urania ripheus, is a day flying moth native to Madagascar. Its wings are iridescent, which means that their colors change to the eye depending on the direction of light. Like butterfly wings, moth wings are made up of microscopic scales that, when disturbed, flake off of the wing like “pixie dust.”
Gledhill photographs the wings with an Automated Gigapixel Olympus BHM meteorology microscope and a NeoSPlan tube lens within a BH2-UMA vertical illuminator. To boost the vibrancy and iridescence of the scales, he also utilizes the microscope’s epi lighting and several LED lamps, in addition to an NFK 2.5x eye piece (see the setup here).
“I’m completely enchanted by the physical world around me and obsessed by its natural beauty,” writes Gledhill on his Flickr page. “My career in science has magnified this feeling of awe. For me, photography is a way to capture this physical beauty and to pass this feeling on to others.”

 During his 7-year stint living at Yellowstone National Park, nature photographer Steve Hinch had the opportunity to create an amazing variety of landscape and wildlife images, including this intense shot of three bull bison who clearly mean serious business:
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“Three Amigos” by Steve Hinch (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
On his website, Hinch describes the three guidelines that he follows when he photographs wildlife. First, he never closely approaches a wild animal or gives them a reason to feel threatened—and not just for his sake. Authorities usually have to euthanize animals that have violent encounters with humans. Second and third, Hinch shoots with long telephoto lenses and teleconverters—preferably from his vehicle.
“Photographing wild animals brings with it intrinsic dangers, even for experienced naturalists and photographers,” wrote Hinch. “Long lenses and teleconverters help to distance the photographer from the subject, keeping both photographer and animal safe. Additionally, many images [are] taken from my vehicle. It acts as the perfect moving blind and also separates the photographer further from the subject.”



 Seals are generally pretty happy-looking creatures, but rarely do they flaunt it—you know, the way humans tend to via prideful selfies. Not this one, however:
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Seal Selfie (Via Imgur. Click for larger image.)
This adorable moment comes courtesy of Dr. Alexander Mustard, a marine biologist and underwater photographer who seems like the perfect candidate for this adorable photo shoot. He shot it off the coast of the Farne Islands in Northumberland, England. As he’s said in an interview:
“British seas are a great place to take wildlife images. I regularly dive on beaches and enjoy showing people the images I’ve just taken. They are always amazed at what is living just offshore. It is not just another world, but another universe, yet still in our country.”



W hat does a modern Boeing 787 look like when it’s completely empty, you might ask? The answer is this glowing tube that resembles a hyper-futuristic spacecraft, apparently!
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Empty Boeing 787 (Via Imgur. Click for larger image.)
We don’t know who the original photographer is—or whether this is a 3D render mock-up (note the lack of call buttons or overhead lights, but the odd inclusion of carpeting), but it almost doesn’t matter. This image belongs to the Internet now.
If you thought it looked like something out of Star Trek, you weren’t alone:
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(Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
The winner of the comment contest, though, goes to j3rrycol, for this gem of an observation:
“This is Ryanair, you have to bring your own seat and toilet, because its [sic] not included in the ticket price.”



 In meteorology, the phenomenon of “hard rime” occurs when sub-zero temperatures, heavy fog and gentle winds combine in the winter. It’s rare that such heavy fog would drift down to street level—it’s usually a mountain-ridge phenomenon—but the proof is right here, in this snapshot, which may look like a miniature model but is in fact one of the finest examples of the frozen phenomenon that even meteorologists have seen:
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(Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
BlackMetalBanjo explains how he caught the image: he rolled down the window of his pickup truck and snapped it with his Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in Weld County, Colorado. The lighting is exclusively from a streetlamp off to the side of the frame. Really, it was that simple.
He also posted a follow-up of the tree one week later, to show what a difference time can make:
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(Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
Still, people have been so confounded by the shot that they’re insisting it’s fake, or a miniature model. Banjo, however, is defending against these claims on Reddit:
“I’ve had a lot of people tell me it’s fake, shopped, etc. It wasn’t. It’s been super foggy in Colorado the last few days and it’s made some awesome frosty coverings on everything. I thought it was a nice scene so I rolled my window down and took a picture.”

So, that is this week's Interesting Photos captured and released to the world.  I like the descriptions on these so we get a better idea of what it took to get these.  This is the first time I have run this kind of blog, on just interesting photos, and I may do this again.  Thanks to PICTURECORRECT for putting this on their website.  They have many things I like to share with the world.  

See you Thursday for the "Photos of the Week".