Macro Photography Captures The Incredible Beauty of Peacock Feathers

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

When you look at something closely, you might find yourself appreciating it more than you may have in the past. After all, it’s easy to overlook things in the hustle and bustle of life, and appreciating something a little more closely is a nice reminder to stop and make note of the beautiful things.

But get even closer? Then things get weird. And amazing.

Just as photographer Waldo Nell, who uses a microscope to capture the stunning beauty of peacock feathers from a vantage point normally unseen by humans.

Peacock feathers have been long prized for their beauty anyway, but Nell’s photos, which are actually composites of hundreds of images, bring their beauty to a new level.

Macro photography takes everyday things and shows us what they look like on the extremely close-up scale, which we’d normally only be able to see with a microscope.

The results, like these beautifully alien macro images of corals and sponges, remind us that there’s so much to the world we don’t even see, and that nature never ceases to be amazing.

Look at some of his images below and see another way to appreciate the beauty of these gorgeous feathers!

[H/T: Colossal, My Modern Met]

Peacock feathers have enchanted people for centuries. The birds and their colorful plumage have been associated with gods and royalty in many cultures.

And their shimmering colors continue to fascinate us today.

Waldo Nell is a software engineer as well as a photographer, so he knows his way around high-end technology. Macro photography allows him to combine his love of science and nature into a single stunning result.

Instead of a camera, Nell uses a microscope. For this series, he placed a peacock feather under the lens and began snapping photos.

The images you see here are actually composites. Nell takes hundreds of photos of the same feather section at different distances, then digitally “stacks” them together to create the stunning final images.

The result is a single, unified image with uniform clarity and vibrance.

From this close up, you might never guess that these were feathers. They look like some kind of iridescent mineral.

Or huge coils of wire used in some kind of industrial capacity.

Or maybe even some mysterious undersea creatures!

You’d never guess that these are actually the tiny fibers of delicate feathers.

Although now that you know, the rich, jewel-tone colors are kind of a giveaway!

It’s amazing that something already so beautiful has so much more beauty to show us up close.

And of course, they look pretty amazing from afar, too!

You can see more of Nell’s macro photography, which covers more that just feathers, on his Flickr and 500px accounts.

And if you know someone who loves seeing the world in new and unexpected ways, SHARE these amazing images with them!