You think you know something very well, until you see it through the perspective of macro photography. Through extreme close-ups, a magical world is opened up before us by seeing things that are otherwise imperceptible to the naked eye. Biochemist and photographer Linden Gladhill demonstrates this by revealing an astonishingly beautiful world of wings of moths and butterflies.
Butterflies and some species of moths are symbolic of natural beauty, but Gladhill shows us an even more amazing level of beauty of these winged creatures on a macro level only observable through special lenses.
Gladhill’s breathtaking photography catches your attention with the brilliant, colorful and intricate patterns that can be seen on butterfly and moth wings magnified from 7 to 17 times. Both creatures are from a large category of insects called Lepidoptera. They are known for the scales that envelop their wings, and these scales are what give them their bright coloration. These miniscule protrusions are actually scales, similar to what you would find on a reptile, though tremendously tiny and delicate.
These same scales also allow these wonderful insects to glide and control their temperature, making them both aesthetically and functionally useful. If you have ever touched a butterfly or moth wing, the fine dust-like substance you feel that they leave behind is actually these scales. Gladhill is thrilled at being able to photograph these marvelous images.
“I’m completely enchanted by the world around me and obsessed by its natural beauty. 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,” he wrote in his Flickr account. Once you see the images, you would be hard-pressed to guess that what you are looking at are insect’s wings.
See the amazing work of Gladhill here.