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Iridescence Collection

"Iridescence: Nature's Dazzling Display of Colors" Nature never fails to amaze us with its breathtaking iridescence

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Iridescence Collection: Green Hermit Hummingbird and passion flower in Costa Rica
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Iridescence Collection: Butterfly wing, SEM
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Iridescence Collection: Soap bubbles
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Iridescence Collection: Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, males displaying, Lake Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
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Iridescence Collection: Butterfly wing scales
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Iridescence Collection: Slime mould (Lamproderma scintillans) super close up of 1mm tall sporangia
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Iridescence Collection: Black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix), male at lek, Finland, April
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Iridescence Collection: Sheet ice crystals viewed by polarised light
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Iridescence Collection: Bacteria - iron and manganese oxidizers and their complementary reducers, in the
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Iridescence Collection: Blue butterfly (Lycaenidae) frozen in ice, Cortes de la Frontera, Los Alcornocales Natural Park
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Iridescence Collection: Fiery throated hummingbird (Panterpe insignis) an endemic bird species. Talamanca Range
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Iridescence Collection: Regal jumping spider (Phidippus regius) captive male with iridescent fangs. Italy
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Iridescence Collection: Golden green stag beetle (Lamprima sp. ), adult male with big mandibles and a shiny
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Iridescence Collection: Metallic leaf beetle ( Eumolpinae) with rain droplets, in Aiuruoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Iridescence Collection: Scales of a Owl butterfly (Caligo sp) magnified 28x, deceased insect found in Tapirai Sao Paulo
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Iridescence Collection: Close-up of a Metallic jewel beetle (Buspretidae) in Aiuruoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Iridescence Collection: Metallic leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) with rain droplets, frontal view, in Aiuruoca
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Iridescence Collection: Dogbane beetle (Chrysochus auratus) on dogbane, Crossways Preserve, Philadelphia
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Iridescence Collection: Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) male close up detail of head and thorax
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Iridescence Collection: Blue iridescent scales of a Nymphalid butterfly (Epiphile orea) magnified 11x, deceased
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Iridescence Collection: Sword billed hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) in flight, Guango, Napo, Ecuador
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Iridescence Collection: South Georgia, St. Andrew's Bay, Cloud iridescence or irisation, aka rainbow clouds
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Iridescence Collection: Common Starling, close - up study showing the iridescence on feathers on a adult birds wing
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Iridescence Collection: Black-bellied Hummingbird and Coppery-headed Emerald Hummingbird compete for a feeding
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Iridescence Collection: A male Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird feeds on the nectar of a tropical Passion Flower in
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Iridescence Collection: Domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) male, close up of iridescence on feathers, France
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Iridescence Collection: Sword-billed hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) in flight, North-Ecuador, Ecuador
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Iridescence Collection: Madagascar crested wood ibis (Lophotibis cristata) preening, endemic to dry forest of Madagascar
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Iridescence Collection: Ice crystals viewed by polarised light
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Iridescence Collection: Sugar crystals viewed by polarised light
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Iridescence Collection: Bacteria (Leptothryx discophora) causing iridescent sheen on water surface with White willow leaf
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Iridescence Collection: Green-crowned brillian-t hummingbird (Heliodoxa jacula) visiting Torch ginger flower
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Iridescence Collection: Carabid beetle (Calosoma sycophanta) on white backlit background, Antola Regional Park
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Iridescence Collection: Spider hunting wasp (Pompilidae) Maliau Basin, Sabah, Borneo
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Iridescence Collection: Bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) capturing a pelagic shrimp with long red antennae
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Iridescence Collection: Peacock (Pavo cristatus feather close up showing iridescence at 10x magnification
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Iridescence Collection: Cloud iridescence forming above a cumulonimbus cloud, caused by light refraction
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Iridescence Collection: Ruby-tailed / Cuckoo wasp (Chrysis comparata) on Mexican daisy / Fleabane (Erigeron karvinskianus)
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Iridescence Collection: Two Slime mould (Lamproderma scintillans) sporangia, around one millimeter tall
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Iridescence Collection: Mexican violetear hummingbird (Colibri thalassinus) feeding on pink wildflower
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Iridescence Collection: Jewel weevil (Eurhinus magnificus) on stem. El Cielo Biosphere Reserve, Mexico
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Iridescence Collection: Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna), male flying. Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Park
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Iridescence Collection: USA, Arizona. Close-up of hummingbird feathers. Date: 02-01-2021
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Iridescence Collection: Costa's hummingbird (Calypte costae) male, portrait, showing purple iridescence of head
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Iridescence Collection: Chalcid Parasitoid Wasp (Pteromalidae, probably Mesopolobus tibialis). 2mm in length
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Iridescence Collection: Chalcid parasitoid wasp (probably Mesopolobus tibialis), 2mm in length, moving over Oak (Quercus sp)
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Iridescence Collection: Green tiger beetle (Cicindela campestris) close uo portrait, Birchover, Derbyshire, UK. April
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Iridescence Collection: Male Beautiful sunbird (Cinnyris Pulchellus) courtship display, Allahein River, The Gambia


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"Iridescence: Nature's Dazzling Display of Colors" Nature never fails to amaze us with its breathtaking iridescence. From the vibrant hues of a Green Hermit Hummingbird and the delicate petals of a passion flower in Costa Rica, to the intricate patterns on a butterfly wing as seen through a scanning electron microscope (SEM), iridescence is everywhere. Even something as simple as soap bubbles can transform into shimmering spheres of rainbow colors, captivating both young and old alike. In Lake Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, male Wild Turkeys proudly display their iridescent feathers during courtship rituals, creating an enchanting spectacle for all who witness it. Butterfly wing scales are another prime example of nature's mastery in creating iridescent beauty. The Blue Jay in San Antonio, Texas showcases its stunning plumage that seems to change color depending on the angle from which it is viewed. In Podere Montecucco, Orvieto, Italy, a Ruby-tailed / Cuckoo wasp delicately perches on Mexican daisy / Fleabane flowers while exhibiting its own mesmerizing metallic sheen. Meanwhile, under close examination through a macro lens lies the fascinating world of slime mould sporangia - tiny structures only 1mm tall but radiating with luminous splendor. The Black Grouse males at lek in Finland create an awe-inspiring scene as they gather together showcasing their glossy black feathers adorned with striking pops of iridescent blue and purple tones. Sheet ice crystals reveal their hidden beauty when viewed under polarized light; each crystal reflecting prismatic colors like miniature rainbows. Even bacteria have joined this symphony - iron and manganese oxidizers alongside their complementary reducers form colonies that glimmer with metallic shades unseen by the naked eye.