The Incredible Iridescent Patterns of Peacock Feathers Viewed Under a Microscope

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In these incredible photographs taken by photographer Waldo Nell we get to see yet another reason why nature is so beautiful, even when the naked eye can't see it. Using an Olympus BX 53 microscope Nell took hundreds of individual snapshots of peacock feathers before stitching them back together to create the amazing images you see below.

The process known as photo stacking involves blending dozens and sometimes even hundreds of photos together that have been taken at different focal points in order to extend the depth of field. An already beautiful bird when viewed from afar it should come as no surprise how incredible they are up close. Seeing the feathers at this level of detail though makes them look more like vibrant iridescent pieces of jewellery.You can see more of Nell's work on Flickr.

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