The Painted Ladies in San Francisco
Incredible Kaleidoscopic 3D Floor Art
Dutch artist Suzan Drummen creates sparkling, fractal-shaped floor installations using an array of individually placed mirrors, crystals, chromed metal, optical glass and precious stones. The effect is a 3D floor that reflects light in all directions. The amazingly colorful and sparkling individually placed pieces create a mesmerizing pattern of color and light.
A Look Inside a Meteorite
Ever wonder what a meteorite looks like inside? These image were made in cross-polarized light, where a polarizer between the light source and the microscope slide is rotated. The beautiful effect, called birefringence, causes the colors of the crystals in the meteorite’s minerals to change, creating amazing colors, as the polarizer is rotated.
Astronomers and planetary geologists study meteorites in thin section to determine their material makeup. The colors and angles of refraction of the light through the crystals help identify the crystals. Some of the material inside meteorites are quite likely as old as, or older than, the Earth itself.
1,2) The Allende meteorites (named after a pueblito in Mexico called Allende where they fell in 1969) contain interstellar dust particles which are thought to be the oldest unaltered particles in our Solar System.
3) This meteorite is called NWA 4292 and was found in the Sahara Desert in Africa in 2005.
Slot Canyons of the American Southwest
Few places on Earth have such beauty and mystique on an intimate scale as the delicately sculptured and colored slot canyons of the American Southwest. There are thousands of scenic canyons in this region but most are relatively wide; in contrast, slot canyons have vertical walls and may be hundreds of feet deep but only a few feet wide.
The general rock is sandstone, in various shades of red and orange; it is sunlight, shining down and reflecting along the canyon walls that gives the canyons their special beauty; the shadows and colors change constantly as the sun moves overhead.
Amazing Green Landscape Patterns
Green landscapes captured by Polish photographers Marek Kiedrowski and Krzysztof Browko. All these gorgeous photos were taken in Toscana, Italy and in Moravia, a historical region of the Czech Republic.
An ongoing series of lit waterfalls titled Neon Luminance is part of a collaboration between artists Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaarg. The duo dropped high-powered Cyalume glow sticks in a variety of colors into various waterfalls in Northern California and then made exposures varying from 30 seconds to 7 minutes to capture the submerged trails of light as the sticks moved through the current. To accomplish some of the more complicated shots, they strung several sticks together at once to create different patterns of illumination.