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 Nature Graphics

The elegant structures and shapes that abound in the architecture of the natural world lead to very strong images -- Nature Graphics. These are images in which the primary impact is compositional, having strong lines that override the detail and color of the image. Graphic images may be in color, but are often enhanced by the strength of black & white. They also tend to be close-ups that sometimes use macroscopic techniques, but they tend to be strong, rhythmic images where the impact of the photograph lies in the spatial arrangement of the elements

 

Dragonfly wing pair

As intricate and complex as a stained glass window, but light as soap film and as tough and flexible as vinyl, the basic structure of a dragonfly wing is over 200 million years old. These wings are from a common dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis).

 


Flight feather detail
P
igeon primary (± 10X)

In the spring of 1998, a white pigeon took flight from a parking lot on campus, lost one of the ten primary feathers from his left wing, and gave me yet another opportunity for amazement.

Feathers are constructed with such extraordinary precision that even at this magnification, one can scarcely find a flaw. The individual barbs which make up the vane are added to the shaft of a growing feather through a singularly complicated process, each is individually initiated, matured, and paired to the beat of an internal rhythm before they are finally attached to the shaft.

This image prints well to at least 14 x 20".


Granite eggs

George Island, a tiny slip of land along the inland passage of Alaska, has a sheltered cove where it is easy to come ashore.   It's called Granite Bay and it is hard to imagine a more appropriate name.   Carefully arranged by the surf, these piebald rocks with occasional pastel colors, remind me of Easter eggs.   Acres and acres of Easter eggs that griiiitch with every step.

This is a "minimalist" graphic, but the image is more about pattern and texture than about the subject itself -- it prints well to at least 16 x 22".

     
  More to come