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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Beauty Of Animal Eyes

Mesmerising pictures reveal the incredible beauty of animal eyes

  • The close-up pictures show the eyes of various lizards and frogs
  • French wildlife photographer travelled the world for the project
  • 'I was enchanted by the strange beauty,' he says
The mesmerising close-up shots show the remarkable ocular variety the creatures have developed through millions of years of evolution.
Professional wildlife photographer Daniel Heuclin travelled the world to capture the images of various tropical frogs and lizards peering straight into the lens.
Daniel Heuclin's favourite picture: 'The texture and palette of colours in such a small space is astonishing,' he said of this picture of the eye of a Panther chameleon pictured in the wild in Madagascar
Daniel Heuclin's favourite picture: 'The texture and palette of colours in such a small space is astonishing,' he said of this picture of the eye of a Panther chameleon pictured in the wild in Madagascar
Seething? A Madagascan tomato frog, named for their bright red colour, appears to peer down his nose in anger at something that is out of shot
Seething? A Madagascan tomato frog, named for their bright red colour, appears to peer down his nose in anger at something that is out of shot
Pensive: A Cuban tree frog narrows his pupils and stares into the distance as if deep in thought
Pensive: A Cuban tree frog narrows his pupils and stares into the distance as if deep in thought
Feline: The vertical slits of this Philippine monarch gecko's eyes are reminiscent of those on a cat
Feline: The vertical slits of this Philippine monarch gecko's eyes are reminiscent of those on a cat
Windows to the soul: A slender-legged treefrog poses patiently for his picture
Windows to the soul: A slender-legged treefrog poses patiently for his picture
He was struck by the differences he found - from the bright red iris of a Cuban tree frog to the exquisite mosaic pattern of a chameleon's eye.
'I was enchanted by the strange beauty of these interesting creature's striking eyes,' said the 65-year-old Frenchman.
'It took me a few minutes to take the photographs, but they will be extraordinarily different forever.
'My favourite image is of the chameleon's eye - the texture and palette of colours in such a small space is astonishing.'
Mr Heuclin, from Vaux en Couhe, France, snapped the tomato frog and chameleon in Madagascar.
The Tokay gecko was photographed on Panay island, in the Phillipines, and the Monarch gecko in Luzon, Phillipines.
The slender-legged tree frog was captured in French Guiana and the Cuban tree frog in Everglades Nal park.
The Cape verde gecko and the green tree frog were observed in captivity.
Mr Heuclin specialises in photographing reptiles, amphibians and rare species.
Been burning the midnight oil? The red-eyed treefrog has a glazed, determined expression
Been burning the midnight oil? The red-eyed treefrog has a glazed, determined expression
Dilated: This Tokay gecko was pictured in the Philippines
Dilated: This Tokay gecko was pictured in the Philippines
Unnerving: The contracted pupils of this giant Cape Verde gecko make it seem like a creature from another world
Unnerving: The contracted pupils of this giant Cape Verde gecko make it seem like a creature from another world

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