A photographer captures the beauty of plants at night in close-up

The visual beauty of plants, especially flowers, is usually appreciated during the day. But what happens to flora at night? Artist and photographer Tom Leighton explores this idea by capturing the life of flowers, succulents, and other plants that can only be seen with night vision.

Entitled Variegated, this name refers to the many colors that appear on the leaves and stems of a plant, which are correlated to the amount of chlorophyll it has. “After sunset, the process of photosynthesis stops and respiration begins,” Leighton explains on his website. “Plants begin to burn off their stored sugars, assimilating some of the precious oxygen they created during the day.” Each photograph features a fluorescent colored plant, dominated by a stunning combination of pinks, blues and oranges.

“In the dark, growth continues, with careful calibration of the rate at which the plant’s fuel reserves are burned,” he adds. “The colors I used in this series represent the light absorbed by the structure of the plant and its conversion into energy.” Leighton chooses to immerse the viewer in a close-up view of these natural wonders, ranging from an individual leaf to a photo of several blooming flowers. As a result, the plant and its unique shape, coloring and characteristics take center stage.

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British artist and photographer Tom Leighton examines the beauty of plants at night in a series of macro shots.

Plant photography by Tom Leighton

The series, called Variegatedrefers to the multiple colors that appear on the leaves and stems of a plant, which are directly correlated to the amount of chlorophyll.

Plant photography by Tom Leighton

These photographs feature flowers, succulents and other plants.

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