skunkbear:

Close-ups of butterfly wing scales! You should definitely click on these images to get the full detail.

I’ve paired each amazing close-up (by macro photographer Linden Gledhill) with an image of the corresponding butterfly or moth.  The featured lepidoptera* are (in order of appearance):

*Lepidoptera (the scientific order that includes moths and butterflies) means “scaly wing.” The scales get their color not from pigment - but from microscopic structures that manipulate light.

The great science youtube channel “Smarter Every Day” has two videos on this very subject that I highly recommend:

So beautiful!

Mist in the hills of the Peak District, Derbyshire

Mist in the hills of the Peak District, Derbyshire

woodendreams:

(by Evgeni Dinev)
More lichen photography. Photo taken at Abefeldy, Scotland.

More lichen photography. Photo taken at Abefeldy, Scotland.

Autumnal leaves. Photograph taken at Aberfeldy, Scotland.

Autumnal leaves. Photograph taken at Aberfeldy, Scotland.

Lichen on a tree branch. Photograph taken at Aberfeldy, Scotland

Lichen on a tree branch. Photograph taken at Aberfeldy, Scotland

Photograph taken in Aberfeldy, Scotland

Photograph taken in Aberfeldy, Scotland

Autumnal leaves. Photograph taken at Aberfeldy, Scotland

Autumnal leaves. Photograph taken at Aberfeldy, Scotland

Photograph taken at Aberfeldy, Scotland

Photograph taken at Aberfeldy, Scotland

Lichen and sycamore leaf. Photo taken in Aberfeldy, Scotland.

Lichen and sycamore leaf. Photo taken in Aberfeldy, Scotland.

theviewfromsixfootseven:


Acorn
Griffon vulture. Photograph taken at a zoo in Provence in the south of France

Griffon vulture.
Photograph taken at a zoo in Provence in the south of France

travelingcolors:

Crimson Crags, Cerro Torre | Argentina (by Michael Anderson)
theviewfromsixfootseven:


Bee on sunflower

theviewfromsixfootseven:

Bee on sunflower