When we seek the unknown, we gaze at the stars, imagining all of the wonders they're hiding. But there's a whole universe at our feet, just waiting for explorers. Don Komarechka from Barrie, Ontario, Canada, is one of them. His macro photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how everything works, even the ones we cannot see with our own eyes.

"I had always loved science but never had a mind for the theory," Komarechka told Bored Panda. "Photography became my way of exploring the world in ways I couldn't see with my own eyes, combining science and art. I was inspired early on by my father who had a lifelong love of photography from a young age but could never pursue it professionally. When a long-term illness was close to claiming his life, he gave me an envelope with money inside, asking me to spend it on something that he could see me enjoy. I went out and bought my first camera, and we bonded over the sharing of photographic knowledge before the end."

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Also, check out Don Komarechka's upcoming book.

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Water Droplets

Water Droplets

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juice 1 month ago

breathtaking

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"There is so much to explore in the 'universe at our feet' as I call it. Endless stories to be told around us every day that we ignore, endless puzzles to solve and so much that can appear otherworldly. It's all real, and right under our noses. The fascination comes from discovery of amazing things, and sometimes from constructing certain water droplet 'sculptures' that are then worthy of photographing, using the laws of physics and art woven together to create magic in front of the camera."

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Jewels Of Summer

Jewels Of Summer

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Hope Floats 1 month ago

Such a beautiful photo.. (Much like the recent one on BP, with the insect carrying the water droplets on his head..)..

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The photographer said that many people can frame up a good macro subject but pay little to no attention to the background. "A good landscape photographer should endeavour to find a good foreground for their scene, but a good macro photographer should try to find a stunning backdrop for their subject; it's the opposite approach. In so many cases, the background - often out of focus - is the element that makes a macro photograph from merely "good" to 'exceptional.'"

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Eyes Of Nature

Eyes Of Nature

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me 1 month ago

I thought they were eyeballs at first

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"Part of the joy of macro photography is the challenge," he added. "The closer you get to your subject the more difficult creating the image becomes, and I love problem solving. Moreover, I love sharing the entire process with others. Not only does it show people how to approach the same subject and hit the ground running in terms of problem solving, it also adds value to the images I create. There is no Photoshop trickery - the magic is done in camera!"

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Water Droplets

Water Droplets

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Marlene Ricker 1 month ago

Very beautiful!

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#5

Essence Of Reviere

Essence Of Reviere

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PanditoBandito 1 month ago

Im so glad there is a photo that shows what that was! Very creative!

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#6

Dandelion Chandelier

Dandelion Chandelier

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Himanshu Raj 1 month ago

Nice alliteration in caption.

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#7

Water Droplets

Water Droplets

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Sherly Septiani 1 month ago

this could be used for interior idea

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#8

Water Droplets

Water Droplets

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Aleksandra Kozłowska 1 month ago

Whoooa thats good

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#9

Elevating Wonder

Elevating Wonder

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Naureen Sultan 1 month ago

💖

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#10

Water Blossoms

Water Blossoms

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Sandi Brinkman-Tubbin 1 month ago

Amazing!

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Water Droplets

Water Droplets

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

ant facination

#12

Unraveling Fantasy

Unraveling Fantasy

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MomaBear 1 month ago

These photos are absolutely amazing!

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#13

Corkscrew Chandelier

Corkscrew Chandelier

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Naureen Sultan 1 month ago

Thanks

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#14

Shimmering Darkness

Shimmering Darkness

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

the light within

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#15

Fortune Teller

Fortune Teller

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

up close and personal

#16

Sundrops

Sundrops

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

come together

#17

Fireworks

Fireworks

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

sun rays

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#18

Layers Of Life

Layers Of Life

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Whatever... 1 month ago

Gorgeous colors!

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#19

Water Droplets

Water Droplets

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Donna Leske 1 month ago

One earring.

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#20

Living Colour

Living Colour

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Donna Leske 1 month ago

Sparkle water.

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#21

Dandelion Dreams

Dandelion Dreams

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

looks like water on antennie

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Fresh Air

Fresh Air

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Faith Nicole 1 month ago

The one right in front has an apple shape. Love this one

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#23

Water Droplets

Water Droplets

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

hell fire

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#24

Water Droplets

Water Droplets

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

cranberry juice

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#25

Water Droplets

Water Droplets

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

time to fly

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Water Droplets

Water Droplets

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

creature power

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#27

Golden Infinity

Golden Infinity

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MomaBear 1 month ago

It looks like magic

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#28

Daisy Dreams

Daisy Dreams

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

nice

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Glowstick

Glowstick

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

low down

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Four Drops

Four Drops

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Jerald Castillo 1 month ago

fushia fushion

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