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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3 years ago

So ethereal and stunning! Thank you Craig Burrows.

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Victoria Bonilla
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3 years ago

This album literally made my soul tingle

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Priyanka Sarsaiya
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3 years ago

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

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Hope Floats
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3 years ago

This is absolutely beautiful..What an amazing photograph.

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Lori Roman
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3 years ago

Omg my favorite. I seriously want to buy these and put them all over my home they just are amazing

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Bobby Beebe
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3 years ago

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

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Bobby Beebe
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3 years ago

A black hole of beauty!

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Neeraj Kumar
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3 years ago

absolutely beautiful

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Bobby Beebe
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3 years ago

Phone wallpaper alert!!!

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Bobby Beebe
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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 years ago

This one feels so cool and icy.

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Nidhi Bajaj
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3 years ago

mesmerizing

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Bobby Beebe
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3 years ago

Simple, elegant, stunning.

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Bobby Beebe
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3 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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3 years ago

Angelic~

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ErMerGerd ItBecky
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3 years ago

This looks like a creature from an alien wold, mesmerising

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Penny Jo Quinnell
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3 years ago

Reminds me of a Sea Anemone! Gorgeous!!!

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Annie Tronetti
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3 years ago

The delicacy of the colors is incredible!

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Annie Tronetti
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3 years ago

I'm finding that I hold my breath, waiting for each picture.

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Diana Crick
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3 years ago

The sheer perfection of each flower is breathtaking!

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woodbehr
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3 years ago

Amazing intensity of colors.

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Annie Tronetti
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3 years ago

I love the colors of the buds!

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Priyanka Sarsaiya
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3 years ago

lookin like pixie dust all over <3

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Ariadne.bat
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3 years ago

Kangaroo Paw!

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Bobby Beebe
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3 years ago

Craig Burrows must be a "Flora Whisperer."

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Bobby Beebe
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3 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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Shawna Poechhacker
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3 years ago

If there were flowers in space, I think they'd look like these! 😍

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Rachael Durkin
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3 years ago

For some reason, at first glance, these made me think of Micky Mouse.

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woodbehr
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3 years ago

Wonderful soft mosaic of colors

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Diana Crick
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3 years ago

It would be interesting to see a side by side comparison between this and our every day sight.

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Priyanka Sarsaiya
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3 years ago

amazing photography

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Ariadne.bat
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3 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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3 years ago

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

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Diana Crick
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3 years ago

Look at the very fine hairs along the edge of the flower pods

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woodbehr
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3 years ago

the delicate textures of the petals is stunning

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Ralph Müller
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3 years ago

...the answer to all questions is... 42 ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy )

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Ralph Müller
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3 years ago

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

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Bobby Beebe
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3 years ago

A bottomless tunnel...

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Annie Tronetti
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3 years ago

Dragons wearing ridiculous hats.

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Annie Tronetti
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3 years ago

How many different shades can nature create?

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Regina Ali
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3 years ago

That looks like tiny vines covered in Spanish moss.

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Diana Crick
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3 years ago

I think daisy.

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Jo King
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3 years ago

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

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