Exploding Flowers Captured in High-Speed Photographs

High speed photography of Martin Klimas often involves around a bang, or a crash. In this case, it’s the bang that made these photographs of exploding flowers possible. To achieve the effect, the flowers were first dipped in liquid nitrogen, where the cool temperature promptly froze them. After that came the effect of a sound gun that shattered the frozen flower. All the action was captured by a high speed camera just before the flower completely went bust.

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The Sweet Touch of the Hooker’s Lips Flower

The wonderful, probably kissable but risky flower you see here is sometimes called the “Hooker’s Lips.” Since science had to step in to kill the fun, they decided to call it the Psychotria elata. To be honest, we haven’t quite been able to find a “hooker’s lips” name reference for these flowers apart from the …

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Flowers Frozen, Shattered, Photographed

An interesting set, the photographs by Jon Shireman show shattered flowers. Not something we’d expect to come by, because there really isn’t a way to shatter flowers. To get around the little problem, Shireman dipped the flowers in liquid nitrogen for some time, enough to make them brittle so he could smash and photograph them.

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Monkey Orchid Looks Like a Monkey

A look at this flower, and it becomes very apparent as to why it is named the monkey orchid. The rare flower is found only in high elevations of Ecuador and Peru, and is scientifically known as , which, putting all science aside is weird because these flowers don’t look like Dracula.

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