The morning dew clings to every miniscule hair, wing scale and lens of an arthropod’s compound eye, making them look like they’re wearing full-body suits made of shimmering crystals. These images of dew-soaked insects were created by David Chambon.
Coming in even closer, we get intense eye contact sessions with the smallest of bugs, suddenly taking note of their mustaches and the antennae that give them an angry eyebrow expression. Photographer Shikhei Goh documents the flora and fauna on the small island off Singapore known as Batam.
It’s almost like we’re looking at artificial landscapes, jewelry or those ‘80s fiber optic lamps as we examine the dew drops on the surfaces of dandelions, as photographed here by Sharon Johnstone.
These photos almost seem too storybook to be true, with wet ladybugs standing on their hind legs under mushroom umbrellas or perfectly contrasted on a white bloom. Photographer Tomasz Skoczen has spent years laying in the grass of his backyard, using a Canon 5D Mark II and a macro lens to spy on the private morning lives of these little insects.
Precisely timed water drops collide in a bowl of expertly-lit water to form pillar-like structures in a fun experiment by Markus Reugels, who has also created tiny miniatures of the Earth, moon and Jupiter by dropping water in front of maps.