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  • Slow Life
    on Mar 23, 2014
    The most important living organisms that play the key functions in the biosphere might not seem exciting when it comes to motion. Plants, fungi, sponges, corals, plankton, and microorganisms make life on Earth possible and do all the hard biochemical...
  • Polarized light vision and marine crustaceans
    on Jul 29, 2013 in Marine biology Micro
    This is a real image of a marine amphipod without any fancy photoshop tricks. Understanding these diamond-like patterns will require knowledge about polarized light and the role of polarized vision in marine invertebrates.   When light reaches our...
  • Fluorescent colors of the reef - why corals need colors   Corals, like many representatives of marine life, are known to be strikingly colourful creatures. However, understanding the nature of those colours can be tricky. The most problematic part: there's no such thing as colour outside your h...
  • A fancy scorpionfish and some thoughts on photography of animals in captivityThis is a lacy scorpionfish (Rhinopias aphanes). It's extremely rare and I know only one diver with 5000+ logged dives who have seen this gorgeous creature in its natural habitat. I guess that makes me fortunate to be able to see it, at least in...
  • Back from rainy Great Barrier Reef - some wildlife and macro/micro shots    The Great Barrier Reef is renowned for amazing underwater sights... but the weather might seriously let you down. I spent most of the two-week long field trip indoors cursing the weather, yet managed to get a few shots. I was more productive at...
  • My new video: The hidden life in pond water
    on Jan 23, 2013 in Micro Macro
       It finally happened! I am publishing my second video about microscopic inhabitants of ponds. Also available on youtube. In this video you will see the invisible world from a perspective of a water flea. Mayfly nymphs, ostracodes, water m...
  • Divers vs reefs in Thailand
    on Dec 2, 2012 in Marine biology Underwater Travel
    The picture above might look like something coming straight from my camera attached to my microscope, but don't be deceived. That's just bubble coral from the Indian Ocean and not even a macro shot.   One of divers' mottoes is &qu...
  • Transparent water flea
    on Nov 4, 2012 in Micro
       Most of small and microscopic invertebrates are transparent and sometimes make you feel that they are made out of glass. That fact makes taking pictures very difficult. In  case of this water flea, which happens to be Simocephalus vetulus, I sp...
  • Seashell portals
    on Nov 1, 2012 in Micro
      In my childhood I loved looking closely at seashells being fascinated by the natural shapes, but it never occurred to me to look at them through the microscope. Admittedly, I didn't have such kind of devices back then=) I just came from a trip...
  • Microscopes vs macro lenses. More pictures of bryozoans and other stuff
    on Sep 26, 2012 in Micro Macro
       The difference between microscopes and macro lenses is not that significant. The optical principles are the same. What microscopes offer are complex illumination techniques, which can make transparent objects stand out for example, and comfortab...
  • Hydras fight for food
    on Sep 24, 2012 in Micro Macro
       Hydras and daphnias became a "classical" pair of predator and prey model of pond microscopic animals. However, what is often forgotten, hydras tend to aggregate together in high numbers. Usually, the encounter is not like one hydra vs...
  • Algae and an ostracod in polarized light
    on Sep 19, 2012 in Micro
    HDR photo of an ostracod next to algae.    Some people like animals more than plants. I guess I am one of those guys, but sometimes certain kinds of green things attract my attention. The last time I worked by a microscope I had a chance to test a...
  • Mosquito larva in polarized light once again
    on Apr 25, 2012 in Micro
      Mosquito seemed to be one of my most successful objects. I took hundreds of shots of that elegant creature shining from inside due to polarized light, but showed only few in my previous post. This monster does not look anything like the annoying w...
  • Last macro shots of waves
    on Apr 24, 2012 in Macro
    During my trip to the Philippines I took many pictures of waves, I showed most of them already (3, 2, 1). So it's time to post the rest.See more >>...
  • Mysterious Bryozoa
    on Apr 19, 2012 in Micro
      You can find many invertebrates in pond water, but some of them are really not well-known. Sometimes I feel like a mention of bryozoa, or moss animals, provokes only one question - "what the heck is that?" Indeed, they are one of the lea...
  • Hydra dance
    on Apr 14, 2012 in Micro
    Hydras are awesome dancers, they are flexible in many ways and I could never get tired to take pictures of all bizarre shapes and forms they take. Though in my previous hydra post I published some pictures, the majority were left out.See more >>...
  • Spiny worlds and tropical contrast
    on Apr 10, 2012 in Travel Macro
    Some paradise-looking places have the other side. The Philippines are full of contrasts, a magnificent beach with the softest sand can be adjacent to the most unfriendly-looking, thorny environments full of creatures that also have many spikes.See mo...
  • Microscopic Zerg invasion
    on Apr 1, 2012 in Micro
    This guy with an alien-like eye is a Moina sp., possible M. micrura, and I appreciate the help of photomacrography.com community in ID help. It has the weirdest eye I've ever seen and it reminds me of Starcraft and Zergs. Though I doubt the desig...
  • A small update plus a number of old animals from a different angle
    on Mar 29, 2012 in Micro
    I haven't shown some images because they were kind of similar looking. I'll use this opportunity to share some news while displaying the last bits of my collection. The critter above is a cyclops seen from behind. The red dots in the eggs are...
  • Fluorescent junk
    on Mar 18, 2012 in Micro
    What would you do if you look through a microscope into a Petri dish full of dead stuff and find a rotten, mutilated, and disgusting looking underdeveloped embryo of a water flea being consumed by fungi and ciliates? That's a weird question! Of c...