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(S{PONGE SPICULES WITH SPIRAL SAND GRAIN 2) Three sponge spicules surround a blue spiral sand grain. Sponge spicules are the internal skeleton of most species of sponges. They are made of silica.

The incredible beauty of sand grains from a thimble-full of sand from a single beach near Lahaina, Maui ~ microphotography by Dr. Gary Greenberg

"Sand Time". Sand grains under the microscope: The Micro Photography of Dr. Gary Greenberg

Dr Gary Greenberg has devoted his life to revealing the secret beauty of nature. Nine Sand Grains Every grain of sand in the world is unique and beautiful when viewed through the microscope. If each grain of sand is so beautiful and unique, imagine how beautiful and unique each person is?

Gary Greenberg magnifies and photographs sand grains. He recently published a book of his sand photographs, A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder.

(BLUE, ORANGE & PINK SAND GRAINS) The tip of a spiral shell has broken off and become a grain of sand. After being repeatedly tumbled by action of the surf this spiral sand grain has become opalescent in character. It is surrounded by bits of coral, shell, and volcanic material.

Grains of sand under a microscope.

#Sand grains from Okinawa, Japan are made from the skeletons of single-celled forams that produce these beautiful little #shells. Photo by Dr. Gary Greenberg

(A TINY SAPPHIRE) Sand from Japan contains what looks like a sapphire crystal (magnified 150 times)

Dr. Gary Greenberg, sandgrains.com - amazing micro photography from a beach I love

some are funny...some were def. not what i thought they were...and some totally were :)

Comparing something to a grain of sand is usually supposed to mean that it’s small or insignificant, but Dr. Gary Greenberg’s microscopic photography aims to turn this stereotype on its head. His photographs of miniscule grains of sands magnified up to 300 times reveal that each grain of sand can be beautiful and unique.