Adiantum pedatum (aleuticum) ”Northern Maidenhair Fern” Pteridaceae

Olympic National Park, WA
June 6, 2013
Robert Niese

One of my favorite Pacific Northwest Plants, these beautiful ferns are most common in very wet areas of our lowland forests. They are particularly fond of waterfalls.

From a photographer’s perspective, this image is an interesting one. You can see how blown out it is around the edges. And yet the centre is properly exposed.

This Orb Weaver was in the shade. I photographed this in the middle of the day, so shooting in the shade was the correct thing to do. What I didn’t expect was the strong midday sunlight to get bounced off the mirrored glass.

In the end it created an interesting effect.I did process the image to bring out the colour and contrast of the spider. You can see my blurred reflection as well.


Linden Gledhill 

Linden Gledhill explores beauty on a cellular level through his macro photography which captures the patterns and colors of cells, fluids and other materials.  

  1. Ferrofuid, 2014
  2. Ferrofuid, 2014
  3. Ferrofluid hieroglyphs, 2014
  4. Ferrofuid, 2014
  5. Psychedelic evolution 2, 2013
  6. Untitled1, 40x S-plan Apo, DIC flash, 2013
  7. Rime covered snowflake, 2013
  8. Crystalised food colouring, 2013
  9. Ferrofluid maze, 2014
  10. Liquid Crystal DNA, 2014, images posted with permission of the artist.


Latest Project: 

  • Video for Autism Speaks: MSSNG is a groundbreaking collaboration between Google and Autism Speaks to create the world’s largest genomic database on autism.
  • Exhibition: Butterflies Go Free, February 19 to April 26, 2015 at the Montreal Biodome

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The Department of Captivating Caterpillars invites you to check out the awesome macro photos of John Horstman (previously featured here), an Australian who’s been living in China for almost 10 years. Horstman currently resides in the city of Pu’er, which is located in Yunnan Province in south-western China. Yunnan is home to so many different species of flora and fauna that it contains a United Nations World Heritage site and is sometimes referred to as “China’s Amazon.”

It contains the richest biodiversity in China and “may be the most biologically diverse temperate region on earth.” Red pandas and smooth-coated otters (both threatened species) are found here. In Horstman’s words, “everything (insect-wise) is bigger, brighter, more abundant and more bizarre than elsewhere.”

Although he takes fantastic photos of all sorts of insects, today we’re focusing on Horstman’s caterpillar photos. Some of these creatures look utterly alien, some appear to be little more than a smooth blob of jelly and others, such as the slug caterpillars, feature arrats of formidable spines capable of issuing terribly painful stings.

“You don’t acclimatize to the sting – they ALWAYS hurt. The worst incident was early in my stay in China when I stood up under a tree and an entire hatching of stinging slug caterpillars on the underside of a leaf contacted the back of my neck. The instantaneous sensation almost caused me to blackout, but the swelling, redness and burning persisted for a good week.”

You can’t see the caterpillar in the bottom photo because it’s hiding in a tiny pagoda that it built using bits of leave and silk. this is the work of a Bagworm caterpillar. They build these amazing little structures to hide themselves while they’re eating. So shhh, let’s not disturb its meal.

You can follow John Horstman right here onf Tumblr at sinobug. To check out his complete portfolio, and we highly recommend that you do, head over to his endlessly fascinating Flickr account.

Visit Wired to learn more about Horstman’s photography adventures in the wilds of south-western China.

[via Wired]