What is the similarity between Monet's painting and a bird view?
Both see the world hidden in plain sight- the ULTRAVIOLET world.
We can turn light into vision thanks to the three pigments in our eyes— tuned to violet, green, and red light—which snatch photons and trigger electric signals that travel to our brains. Birds, bees, and many other animals have additional pigments that help them see beyond the world beyond the visible- the ultraviolet vision. On the timeline of evolution, Ultraviolet light has played a crucial role in forming the present world we live in. Ranging from evolved ultraviolet color patterns in flowers, butterflies (the males and females look identical to the ordinary human eye!), and birds, to the green plants that sustain the life on earth, the UV light has been more than just a health hazard. Long disliked by humans (due to health problems associated with it such as eye damage, premature aging of the skin, suppression of the immune system, and skin cancer), the UV rays offer a more beneficial side too. Exploring this hidden world in the blacklight (or just a lesser white light!), learn how UV rays are not only driving the modern world (by saving birds to saving humans amidst pandemics!), they are also forcing us to spring into life once we are denied light.