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Inner beauty: X-rays expose flowers, animals and more

Arie van't Riet specialized in X-rays for hospitals, when he stumbled across an interesting form of art.

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Inner beauty: X-ray art exposes flowers, animals and more

Dutch physicist Arie van't Riet specialized in low energy X-rays in hospitals when he stumbled across an interesting form of art.

According to a recent TED talk, a colleague asked him to make an X-ray of one of his paintings. After seeing the interesting results, Arie van't Riet wanted to X-ray something even thinner. "I started with a bouquet of tulips," he said in the TED talk. "Some people told me that's art and I became an artist."

After creating that piece, he started to experiment with a variety of creatures and different scenes, looking to capture nature's beauty.

"I sampled a lot of animals that I can use in my X-ray images," he said. "I take a number of plants with flowers, I take a couple of animals, lizards, I put them all together in one composition."

Take a look at his unique, beautiful collection.

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Wildflowers, X-ray

Wildflowers

Wildflowers, colored X-ray.
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Poppies, X-ray

Poppies

Poppies, colored X-ray.
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Barn owl, X-ray

Barn owl

Barn owl (Tyto alba), colored X-ray.
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Cat, X-ray

Cat amongst wildflowers

Cat. Colored X-ray of a cat (Felis catus) amongst wildflowers.
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Chameleon, X-ray

Chameleon

Chameleon. Colored X-ray of a chameleon (family Chamaeleonidae) on a Begonia sp. plant.
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Chicken, X-ray

Chicken

Chicken (Gallus domesticus), colored X-ray.
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Duck and flowers, X-ray

Duck and flowers

Duck and flowers, colored X-ray,
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Eels and water lilies, X-ray

Eels

Eels and water lilies, colored X-ray.
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Tulips, X-ray

Tulips

Tulips, colored X-ray.
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Hypericum flowers, X-ray

Hypericum

Hypericum sp. flowers, colored X-ray.
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Iguana and peonies, X-ray

Iguana and peonies

Iguana and peonies (Paeonia sp.), colored X-ray.
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Iguanas, X-ray

Iguanas

Iguanas, colored X-ray.
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Lizards, X-ray

Lizards

Lizards, colored X-ray.
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Python and lizard, X-ray

Python and lizard

Python and lizard. Colored X-ray of a python (family Pythonidae) and a monitor lizard (Varanus sp.) amongst Medinilla sp. flowers.
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Monkey, X-ray

Monkey in a tree

Monkey in a tree, colored X-ray.
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Frog and water lilies, X-ray

Frog and water lilies

Frog and water lilies, colored X-ray.
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Ray fish, X-ray

Stingray

Ray fish (order Batoidei), colored X-ray.
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John Dory fish, X-ray

John Dory fish

John Dory (Zeus faber) fish, colored X-ray.
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