In visible light, seaweed is dark, like the rock it inhabits. But in the near infrared, seaweed appears white. Water absorbs that same infrared, making the rocks and islands above its surface glow. Click on the image for a larger view.
We have a line our young beach and birch trees that are pioneering our field. When we first moved to Maine, our field had been kept cut. We stopped that practice. One benefit was the blackberry briers that sprouted. The other was to watch the forest reclaim the land. This image was taken in the near infrared, which gives the foliage its radiant appearance. Click on the image for a larger view.
The spring foliage of young trees in our field. The foliage is white because the image was taken in the near infrared. Chlorophyll is highly reflective in infrared. Click on the image for a larger view.
The light and color we see in the world is an extension of our biology. If we shift our perception to the longer wavelengths of near infrared, we would see the world very differently. Chlorophyll, the chemical that gives plants their green color, is highly reflective in the near infrared. Plants practically glow, at least when healthy. We see this very differently. Continue reading →
Damariscotta Lake is a 4,381 acres, 1,773 hectares, in area. It is one of the largest bodies of water in Central Maine. This image was shot in near infrared. Foliage is very reflective at those wavelengths, make it appear white. Click on the image for a larger view.