nature

Insect portraits of Levon Biss

Microsculpture from Levon Biss on Vimeo.

Levon Biss is a British professional photographer who has made a series of portraits of insects. That collection, which will be displayed in a show at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History from 27 May – 30 October, 2016, is called Microsculpture.

If you click on “Explore” on the above Microsculpture link you’ll see all of the insects in the show and you can zoom in and out to see an amazing amount of detail.

He uses an incredible process: because of the extreme shallow depth of field of macro photography each image is made up of thousands of individual photographs that are layered together to make a three dimensional form.

[via PetaPixel]

Fall leaves in Race Brook

Fall leaves in Race Brook

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. Beautiful day for a hike up the Race Brook falls trail to the Appalachian Trail, then south over Mt. Race. The leaves in Race Brook looked better than the same leaves hanging on trees.

Fall leaves in Race Brook in sunlight

On the way back the sun was low enough so the trees were casting shadows in the brook which meant that there were small pockets of sunlight which made the leaves stand out a bit more.

BBC Travel Photographer of the Year

Global views – lives and landscapes

From the hot and humid rain forests of South America and the Far East, to the cold and inhospitable arctic regions of northern Canada and Russia – the Travel Photographer of the Year competition attracts stunning image entries from across the world.

Spectacular images, well put together slide show.

[via Gary Sharp]

Rattlesnake on Schaghticoke Ridge

Rattlesnake on Schaghticoke Ridge

 

Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut. Dave and I hike this seven mile stretch of the AT a lot because it’s close to the town we live in and it’s a great section of trail that’s tough enough so it’s not all that popular with other hikers.

This section of the AT has become home to more timber rattlesnakes than any section in Connecticut and while we hike it a lot, we’ve only seen one once before.

This one was smaller, about three feet and lighter colored. Dave thought it was close to losing its skin and that’s why the color was so dull. As far as I’m concerned, a rattlesnake is a rattlesnake and this one was a few feet off the trail, close enough to strike a hiker sitting down on the rock next to it.

We only saw it by accident because there was a wild orchid a few feet away that Dave bent down to take a shot of. Good thing he saw this guy in his peripheral vision.