I've photographed hundreds of glowing flowers since 2014 after seeing Oleksandr Holovachov's work with ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF) photography.

Each time I do a set of UVIVF photos, it starts with going out under the cover of darkness to snatch unsuspecting flowers growing around the neighborhood. I rarely know what to expect from a flower before I get it back to shoot. Some I think will dazzle end up flopping, and others I am surprised by their colors or light. Every one is a surprise!

In the same way a tee-shirt blue glows under a black light, most organic material glows at least a little with UV stimulation and in all kinds of colors. To make the most of it, I make sure I'm working in the darkest environment I can and use a 365nm light so the camera can't see the UV light.

Any time the flowers are hit by sunlight, they're letting off their own glow in response and it's simply overwhelmed by the sunlight we can see. These photos capture something we always see, but never can observe.

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Ann Grimes
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4 years ago

So ethereal and stunning! Thank you Craig Burrows.

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Victoria Bonilla
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4 years ago

This album literally made my soul tingle

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Priyanka Sarsaiya
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4 years ago

beautiful .. is it pollen all over the bigger flower?

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Priyanka Sarsaiya
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4 years ago

Spectacular

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Heather
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4 years ago

Love this!

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

I imagine this is what all flowers look like on LSD...

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

A black hole of beauty!

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Priyanka Sarsaiya
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4 years ago

WOW.. sparkles

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

Phone wallpaper alert!!!

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

Now I'm mad because I want to see flowers like this all the time! Waaahh!!!

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

This could come from 1 person's dream and another's nightmare. Love it

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

Disney's new Avatar land in the Animal Kingdom should be watching this post....

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

Ok this one is giving me "Independence Day" alien death ray and I'm ok with that.

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

Meh, when you see 1 UVIVF photo you've seen them all. J/K this is incredible!!

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

This one feels so cool and icy.

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Nidhi Bajaj
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4 years ago

mesmerizing

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

Simple, elegant, stunning.

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

You may say Mother Nature's a bitch, but I say she is one beautiful, freaky bitch...

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Mina VonBank
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4 years ago

Angelic~

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Priyanka Sarsaiya
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4 years ago

woww

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Penny Jo Quinnell
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4 years ago

Reminds me of a Sea Anemone! Gorgeous!!!

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Annie Tronetti
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4 years ago

The delicacy of the colors is incredible!

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Nidhi Bajaj
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4 years ago

so enthralling

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woodbehr
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4 years ago

5x5 symmetry of the flowers is beautiful!

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woodbehr
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4 years ago

Amazing intensity of colors.

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woodbehr
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4 years ago

A timeline photo of this plant, some flowers fully mature and others not yet ready for pollination

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Priyanka Sarsaiya
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4 years ago

lookin like pixie dust all over <3

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Mina VonBank
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4 years ago

This one's beautiful. Look at how it 's intwined together like a braid.

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

Craig Burrows must be a "Flora Whisperer."

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Bobby Beebe
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4 years ago

I love the reoccurring space theme found throughout the photos. The duality of earth and sky is mesmerizing and hypnotic.

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Gaye Hampshire
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Awesome

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Bobby Beebe
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Very alien-esque

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woodbehr
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4 years ago

Wonderful soft mosaic of colors

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Annie Tronetti
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4 years ago

The stamens look so delicate!

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Priyanka Sarsaiya
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amazing photography

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Ariadne.bat
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4 years ago

These photographs show that there is more to plants than we think. They have a very stunning beauty that can't be seen in everyday life.

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woodbehr
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4 years ago

Appears molds or fungus on the leaf also glow under this light, if I'm correct.

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woodbehr
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4 years ago

An interesting flower that in real time might go unnoticed, wonder what it is?

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woodbehr
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the delicate textures of the petals is stunning

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woodbehr
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4 years ago

The symmetry of some flowers is amazing.

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Ralph Müller
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4 years ago

...the answer to all questions is...

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Bobby Beebe
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A bottomless tunnel...

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Annie Tronetti
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4 years ago

Dragons wearing ridiculous hats.

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Bradley Roon
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4 years ago

The BIG question - how many insects can see into this spectrum???

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Regina Ali
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4 years ago

That looks like tiny vines covered in Spanish moss.

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woodbehr
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4 years ago

Daisy or sunflower?

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Jo King
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4 years ago

These photos are stunning. So glad I didn't miss this post. Thank You.

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