Some say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but what of the minute wonders in our world that are too small to behold? What could be better than expanding our perspectives on beauty!

Take the colors and geometric symmetry in the following photo by the amazing cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg.

This stunning marvel of nature is a butterfly egg as captured by Louis Schwartzberg, who is throwing new and compelling light on the microscopic world around us. He is also a pioneer capturing the intersection of big data and unseen patterns with radical time-lapse imagery.

And where are all these imperceptibly petite wonders and patterns in the world? They are everywhere we look and in everything we do. They are on our skin, in every puddle, on the surface of every piece of fruit, and on every dollar bill. Literally every surface, and even non-surfaces like the wind, is brimming with life so remarkably designed that seeing it for the first time is mind-bending.

Today’s EWC article circles back to a video we first featured in the very earliest days of this project, when not more than a handful of people were visiting us. Now with 100,000 views a month, we had to bring this stunning work back to the surface!

Let’s take a look at this wonder:

Via: TED 1

Lovely, huh?

Isn’t it a delight when a thought leader like Mr. Schwartzberg pulls back the curtain on things so remarkably common? It seems to connect us all, when we celebrate a mystery we will have to just get comfortable with. And most of all it reminds us that true understanding may always be somewhere over an ever progressing horizon.

This kind of reveal always leaves me pondering what other marvels are right under our noses. What else is invisible, but totally relevant to our every waking minute?

If you’d like to see more of Schwartzberg’s amazing work, you can visit an enterprise he founded called Moving Art. There you will find some answers to Louie’s initial question: “Where is the intersection between technology, art, and science?”

Oh, and how about Louie’s comment about beauty being nature’s tool for survival?

Schwartzberg says,

“I hope my films inspire and open people’s hearts. Beauty is nature’s tool for survival – you protect what you love. If I can move enough people on an emotional level, I hope we can achieve the shift in consciousness we need to sustain and celebrate life.” 2

I don’t know if that could be said any better!

His sentiments and work stand in perfect alignment with the reason we created this website. Despite what the relentless 24-hour news cycle tells us, this is still a thoroughly amazing world.

Meanwhile, stay open, curious and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda

Are you just discovering Ever Widening Circles?

If so, welcome! We have people who refer to this website as the nicest place on the web. We’ll take that moniker, and hope you also find it to be the smartest and most hopeful!

We welcome you to our growing community of nice, curious people from 190+ countries, who are celebrating possibility and slowly changing that negative dialogue about our world.

Image: Collage of EWC picsWe’ve now written over 600 articles to prove our thesis – It’s still an amazing world – and we hope you’ll join us for a daily dose of insight and wonder!

We publish one carefully fact-checked article each day, on anything under the sun. One day it’s some inspiring new discovery in science, the next it may be the stunning work of an artist like today’s article, then the next, we may bring you the remarkable work of an extreme sports hero who is also championing a wonderful charity. There’s the fascinating backstory to the latest affordable bionic hand (invented by a 14-year-old!), and the enormous sculptures at the bottom of a Caribbean Sea park. The list seems endless!

Oh! And if you love Mr. Schwartzberg’s work, we have featured articles about two other video wonders he’s created. Don’t miss our early article (one of our most-shared) with beautiful narration done by extraordinary ordinary people.

12 minutes

Gratitude and Wonder with Louie Schwartzberg

Photographer Louie Schwartzberg brings us all to a place of breath-taking beauty, wonder and hope with his TED Talk, remarkable images and the words of wise ones, young and old. This TED Talk leaves us with a sigh and a smile every time we revisit it.

Read More

Here’s another piece that will leave your mouth a little agape!

15 minutes

Pollination: Beauty and Key to Life

Here's one of the most fundamental, yet unappreciated processes on earth, filmed in a breathtaking, fascinating and curious way. You'll never look at an apple or flower the same way again!

Read More

Lastly, if your curiosity about Ever Widening Circles is peaked, scroll way down through our homepage to check out our latest articles, circles, and archives! Even better, subscribe below to receive the latest from EWC right to your inbox! Or, just scroll down to the very bottom of the page here to follow this theme!

Notes:

  1. Schwartzberg, Louie. “Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden Miracles of the Natural World.” YouTube. TED, 9 Apr. 2014. Web. 18 Apr. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiZqn6fV-4Y>.
  2. “Louie Schwartzberg | Moving Art by Louie Schwartzberg.” Moving Art by Louie Schwartzberg. Moving Art, n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2016. <https://movingart.com/louie-schwartzberg/>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.