Tiny Wonders


“I searched for myself in the mountain but found it in a grain of sand.” — Jean Mishra.

This is a photo of sand magnified 250 times through the microphotographic talents of Gary Greenberg.

Grains of sand magnified 250 times

Dr. Greenberg is an artist, inventor and scientist.  He’s devoted his life to revealing the unspeakable and delicate beauty of nature.

Rosemary magnified 125 times

He earned a Ph.D. in biomedical research and went on to invent high-definition, 3-dimensional light microscopes and was issued 18 different U.S. patents.

Rose zindanfel wine magnified 300 times

He began his career as a photographer and filmmaker.  His work includes the first Superman movie.  He transformed human pancreatic cancer cells into the planet Krypton.

Sugar magnified 125 times

What appears to be a colorful modern abstract sculpture is sugar magnified 125 times.

A basil leaf magnified 125 times

This dew covered field is a basil leaf magnified 125 times.

Dragon fruit magnified 125 times

A fantasy amethyst cave is really a dragon fruit magnified 125 times.

A strawberry magnified 125 times

An amber jewel atop a ruby mountain is a strawberry magnified 125 times.

Grain of sand magnified 125 times

A star is a grain of sand.

Sand magnified 250 times

Dr. Gary Greenberg has shown us the beauty of the universe isn’t just in the grandeur of it’s vastness, but is equally in its minutiae.  He’s shown us there is tremendous beauty in the things so easily glanced over.  Art is everywhere, even in the dust.

See Dr. Greenberg’s pictures of the moon dust collected during the Apollo 11 moon mission here.

Moon dust

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20 thoughts on “Tiny Wonders

    • It really makes you stop and re-see the world around you. There is unspeakable beauty to be found in everything. Sometimes you just have to look a little more closely. I’m glad you enjoyed.

    • You know, after seeing those pictures I was actually left feeling foolish. Until today sand was something to be swept off the floor or dumped out of a shoe and nothing more: useless. I’m left a little humbled. I’m really happy you enjoyed those pictures as much as I did. I never know when I find something like this if others have already seen it or not, but took the chance anyway. Thanks for reading.

  1. Reblogged this on Joy in the Moments and commented:
    Life is amazing! Even the smallest, seemingly mundane things we usually pass by are intricate pieces of art that can dazzle us! Look through the pictures in Moonlightened Way’s post. I hope it inspires you like it did me.

  2. Pics are Beautiful… and It’s still more surprising to know that they the things around us all day…!

    The Beauty of nature…haa… Great…!

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