The USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program is program run by biologists with the U.S. Geological Survey in Maryland. Part of their work is to develop identification tools and keys for native bee species by creating accurate and detailed pictures of native bees and the plants and insects they interact with. The biologists set up a mini studio surrounded by a styrofoam cooler with a black background to make their macro shots, stacking anywhere from 30 to 300 photos to get an image in focus. They have shared their collection of more than 1,200 photos online
Matthieu Georger is an amazing origami artist that can not only fold advanced and technical designs from other origami masters, but also creates his own designs, such as the bull and bear below.
On his wonderful Flickr profile you will find a large collection of mostly animal origami. The well-lit and close up photographs of each artwork really let you appreciate the detail involved in each piece. Below you will find my ten personal favourites, but be sure to check out Matthieu’s profile for 120 more breathtaking designs.