The photographs in the headers are taken by Stephanie Bateman-Graham of Pretty Rock Designs, who describes her work below:
Technically speaking this is mineral microscopy; I prefer to call it Microgeophotography – I use a low-powered microscope and capture software to take very close up pictures of mostly unpolished slices of rock. In the trade these are called slabs.
It’s amazing what you find under the microscope: rich and complex blends of colours seem to emerge from nowhere; shapes, faces, landscapes, deep space, animals, and plants all find their way into the picture. Some of my favourites are pure abstract art to be enjoyed entirely for their own sake.
For technical purposes I’ll adjust brightness/contrast/saturation to bring out certain features, but all the patterns and colours are provided by nature, and I try to process images as little as possible. Nature is very clever.
This site features images of Magnetite and Crazy Lace Agate from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Rutilated Quartz, and Galaxy Porcelain Jasper.