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The Secret Life of Plants

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Craig Burrows

Nature macro photographer Craig Burrows uses a process called ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence photography to take stunning, intriguing macro photographs of plants. He projects electromagnetic radiation on to natural elements, then his super-fast lens captures the infinitesimally-brief window of illumination they give off. Because it happens so quickly, the illumination effect is not usually observable to the naked eye.

“Ultraviolet-Induced Visible Fluorescence (UVIVF) is a process in which given wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation are absorbed by a material’s molecules, causing them to achieve an excited state. Through this, fluorescent materials reach an unstable excited state and lose small amounts of energy through other mechanisms until they can drop to a suitable ground state by releasing a photon of a specific energy and wavelength. Since energy was lost before the remainder was released as a photon, the wavelength of that photon is longer than the stimulating source, which means an ultraviolet light is able to produce dramatic visible fluorescence.”

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

10 thoughts on “The Secret Life of Plants

  1. I suspect I would not be able to do this with my iPhone!

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  2. How interesting and pretty. You just never know where art will take you.

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  3. WOW, what beautiful pictures. Enjoyed. Hal

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  4. These photos are magnificent! It makes me believe in miracles. Thanks for this marvelous posts. As usual very interesting.

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