Fascinating microscopic photos of the sands of five Indian Ocean destinations that reveal how unique and different each beach are. The images were shot for travel company Kuoni by nationally renowned microscopic 3D photographer Harold Taylor who has captured the grains of sand from the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and La Reunion.
The MaldivesThe sample, which originates from coral reef, was taken from West Beach on Bandos Island and shows six tiny snail shells, elongated rod fragments of sea urchin spines, and a perforated white disc grain (foram), a tiny marine organism that accumulates on the sea bed when the organism dies.
SeychellesThe sample, which originates both on land and the reef, was taken from Anse Lazio on Praslin Island and shows a spine from a sea fan or other soft coral (sclerite), a pink grain of the encrusting foram (Homotrema rubrum), and remnants of the island’s granite bedrock including the caramel colored feldspar grain and the clear crystal shaped grain.
La RéunionThe sample was taken from Saint Paul and shows yellow olivine crystals (peridot) eroded out of shoreline lava flows, and black basalt grains which reflect the island’s volcanic origins.
MauritiusThis sample, which originates from coral reef, was taken from Trou aux Biches and shows brown and purple urchin spines, coil-shaped forams, bright pink and brown ribbed shell fragments, and rosy pink encrusting foram (Homotrema rubrum).
Sri LankaThe sample, which originates from coral reef, was taken from Club Bentota on the south west coast of Sri Lanka and shows caramel colored shell fragments, spiral-shaped forams, and clear crystal-like grains of feldspar.