This, from MMM, "Viewed at an astounding magnification of over 250 times, tiny grains of sand are surprisingly colorful and extremely unique. Each piece is either a fragment of crystals, spiral fragments of shells or crumbs of volcanic rock."

"To see these incredible images, Dr. Gary Greenberg goes through a painstakingly lengthy process. First he takes many photos from different points of focus. Then, he combines them using software to produce one spectacular image."

“It is incredible to think when you are walking on the beach you are standing on these tiny treasures," says Greenberg." Who would have thought that we've been walking on something so beautiful all along?"

This is sand from Lake Winnebigoshish (really, that is it's name,) in Minnesota.

Dr Greenberg has authored a book, called "A grain of sand - Nature's Secret wonder."

Sand from Fanore Ireland.

Pretty pretty.

Discover more via Sandgrains.com


  1. hills August 8, 2011 at 08:42 #

    Oh wow! Beautiful! Wish I had a microscope…

  2. sam woulidge August 8, 2011 at 09:55 #

    Incredibly beautiful. Thanks for posting this. I’ll remember to be more mindful when I next walk barefoot on the beach.

  3. Dee August 8, 2011 at 14:27 #

    WOW! Sand! Who knew??? I have a whole new appreciation for it, except when it’s in my crevices.

  4. will January 5, 2014 at 18:27 #

    what does the un-magnified sand look like? beautiful too?

  5. abby normal January 8, 2014 at 00:19 #

    beautiful :)

  6. will January 8, 2014 at 17:40 #

    “Once again, this broadcast is brought to you by “Sand”. It’s everywhere! Get used to it!” Genie from Aladdin

  7. m k January 15, 2014 at 03:20 #

    This is amazing and truly beautiful, but when will people stop being ‘astounded’ at Native American place names? Notice how the ‘familiar’ European name Fanore needs no disclaimer though obviously the unpronounceable and hilarious Winnebigoshish requires validation. Minnesota itself is a Native American place name!

  8. David Griffin January 15, 2014 at 13:12 #

    Wow, That is so beautiful. Nature always inspires

  9. Josh January 16, 2014 at 06:59 #

    Yep, remnants of fish poop…

  10. Irene January 17, 2014 at 19:29 #

    Oh my! this is incredible, our Creator knew what He was doing!

  11. C J January 29, 2014 at 09:38 #

    m k…what does Winnebigoshish mean?

  12. Gerry February 17, 2014 at 21:11 #

    Why bit show a picture of the “sand” first? I mean was it pebbly? fine? Only half the story- so easy to give the whole one

  13. RL February 19, 2014 at 05:59 #

    Lake Winnibigoshish – Its name comes from the Ojibwe language Wiinibiigoonzhish, a diminutive and pejorative form of Wiinibiig, meaning “filthy water” (i.e. “brackish water”). The name is related in structure to Lake Winnipeg and to the Algonquian name for Green Bay, to which the Ho-chunk (Winnebago) Nation was named after.

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