January 31, 2014

The Sunflower

Photograph by Bernardo Cesare, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot community member Bernardo Cesare counts this submission, a photomicrograph of an ocean jasper from Madagascar, among his favorites. Cesare had put thin sections of jasper under a microscope, and "They turned out to contain a microscopic garden of flowers," he says. This shot was "by many named the Sunflower."

Read more about the process of creating this image in a recent Your Shot: Spotlight interview with Cesare.

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50 comments
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell

God's creation is so beautiful!   Very nice photo!

Michele Stokes
Michele Stokes

Wow, that's an awesome creation!  Rev 21:19... The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was JASPER, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald... If this is the physical Jasper, just imagine the spiritual!  O' my Word!

Kewen Wang
Kewen Wang

This is what geology is like. Hahahahaha~

Tracy Hanley
Tracy Hanley

This is truly a work of art! I love your creations!

Michele Woodbury
Michele Woodbury

How many times do we get to experience such loveliness?  Images of this sort make me wish I had more eyes!

Lola Rosique
Lola Rosique

Wonderful. I dont have any word to describe this marvelous colours. Fantastic picture!

anil siwach
anil siwach

At first I thought it is a painting. Great Shot! Thanks for such a photograph.

mahshid soleimanimoghadam
mahshid soleimanimoghadam

I think this is not a photo of a subject; it is rather a shot of an approach or view point of the subject. Just like Mona Lisa smile; I believe that was not painting of some one's smile, but it was the eye of painter in her smile.

SURYAPAL DHANOLA
SURYAPAL DHANOLA

Awesome pics. Someday I too post my pics like these. And you'll gonna enjoy it.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Its very hard to beat the very beautiful color's in this wonderful picture. More wonderful still is what it is, and for the photographer to have been able to give it to us to view, makes us lucky indeed. I have always loved sunflowers, now I have one more 'variety' to enjoy looking at.. Talk about rainbows........  j.e.s.

ASTRID BASSON
ASTRID BASSON

Wow, its awesome, to think something as tiny as this has such brilliance!!! 

Diane Hebert
Diane Hebert

It's amazing that something so small can bring out so much beauty. Thank you for sharing Bernardo Cesare

Debbie Jackson
Debbie Jackson

your technique has opened such new imagination in so many of us. thank you.

Michael Hall
Michael Hall

I love these pic's, there is nothing like nature!!! 

Patricia Huddleston
Patricia Huddleston

I absolutely LOVE your photomicragraphs!  As a former earth science teacher and an artist, I used thin slice photos in my classroom to give students a different view of rocks.  You really do a fabulous job of making the photos aesthetically pleasing as well as scientifically valuable!

Janice H.
Janice H.

Spectacular, unexpected beauty!     Amazing photograph, love all the colors.

S. Kalai
S. Kalai

this shows how nature can be viewed in micro level as well as macro level. It's all about connection and relationship shared by planet earth inhabitants.

water bird
water bird

unique and special... even for nat geo!  compliments to bernardo, compliments to nat geo for choosing it!  plus the new feature of spotlight interview is i beleive a FANTASTIC addition...adding insight to an incredibile photo.. something which i beleive helps continue the wonderful legacy that nat geo represents since its historic beginning. 

on a personal note.. i hope that bernardo's photos and philosophy are a metaphore for italy and its future, ...that its unique beauty and our valid individuals   come back into the forefront and be treasured. 

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Microscopic Art. Beautiful and very interesting indeed. Love it.

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

What an exquisite mandala-like flower from the micro mineral garden!

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Put in words like that, I couldn't agree with you more.

Bernardo Cesare
Bernardo Cesare

@Debbie Jackson Thanks Debbie! I agree I have made something new with rocks, but we should give credit to all the researchers/artists who do great work with organic compounds and other interesting things. Michael Davidson is one of them: have a look at what he does @ bevshots.com

Bernardo Cesare
Bernardo Cesare

@water bird I cannot guarantee on the metaphore for Italy... But I appreciate it! and I thank you very much for appreciating micROCKScopica!

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