Artist uses NASA technology to capture the cosmic beauty of flowers in extreme detailS

Flowers look like solar flares and stellar eruptions when you photograph them in intense detail, using techniques developed by NASA for imaging the surface of Mars. Photographer David Leaser developed a new process, based on NASA's tech among other things, which he uses to capture the unsettling beauty of flowers up close. You can see every hair, every drop of nectar, and every line of a flower, from a bee's eye view.

No wonder many of his huge images have titles like "Solar Flare" or "Supernova." Leaser's got a gallery show in New York City on March 17, as part of Architectural Digest's 10th Anniversary Home Design Show. Check out a few of our favorites — there are tons more at the link. [David Leaser]

Artist uses NASA technology to capture the cosmic beauty of flowers in extreme detailS

Passiflora

Artist uses NASA technology to capture the cosmic beauty of flowers in extreme detailS

Nightstar

Artist uses NASA technology to capture the cosmic beauty of flowers in extreme detailS

Solar Flare

Artist uses NASA technology to capture the cosmic beauty of flowers in extreme detailS

Inflorescence

Artist uses NASA technology to capture the cosmic beauty of flowers in extreme detailS

Supernova

Artist uses NASA technology to capture the cosmic beauty of flowers in extreme detailS

Tiger's Eye