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Are These The Most Gorgeous Jellyfish Pictures Ever?

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While plenty of great nature photographers are professionals, it seems only logical that having a professional knowledge of the species you're shooting would only help make your images that much more powerful. Marine biologist Alexander Semenov's stunning underwater photos prove to be ultimate proof of this concept—particularly when it comes to jellyfish.

Indeed, all of the images from his "Underwater Experiment" series—you can see more of them at io9—show that maybe it really does take a marine biologist to truly capture the unbelievable beauty of life under the sea.

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9 Exhilarating Close-Up Photos of Sharks
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Dive into the world of Shark, a new book by award-winning photographer Brian Skerry.

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This Artist Makes Portraits of Insects From the Plants They Eat
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The plant art of Montreal-based artist Raku Inoue goes way beyond flower arrangements. Inoue, who created the clothing brand Reikan Apparel, fashions intricate portraits of insects out of the plants that make up their habitats, as Laughing Squid spotted.

The series, "Natura Insects," includes butterflies made of flower petals, leaves intricately woven into moth wings, and black widows with rosemary legs. The results are delicate, innocent-looking bugs that no person could bear to squash. Inoue carefully arranges the pretty plant sculptures, then photographs them against a white background, resulting in an unexpected take on the traditional insect display cases seen in natural history museums.

If you like flower-based art, Inoue recently debuted a series in which his flower-petal figures blend into adorable illustrations of kids.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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