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Today the Department of Awesome Macro Photography is marveling at the photos of German photographer Martin Pfister (previously featured here) who lives in Bavaria and enhances the natural awesomeness of mushrooms by backlighting them with tiny LED lights. The illumination turns photos of already beautiful fungi into scenes from the forest floor in Avatar.

Visit Martin Pfister’s 500px page to check out more of his marvelous mushroom macro photography as well as his gorgeous landscapes, like this one, which looks like a shot of Mordor. Prints of his photos are available here.

[via Laughing Squid and Bored Panda]

CRYOBIOLOGY

[noun]

the branch of biology that studies the effects of low temperatures on living things. The word cryobiology is derived from the Greek words “cryo” = cold, “bios” = life, and “logos” = science. In practice, cryobiology is the study of biological material or systems at temperatures below normal. Materials or systems studied may include proteins, cells, tissues, organs, or whole organisms. Temperatures may range from moderately hypothermic conditions to cryogenic temperatures.