In his 2014 TED Talk, Louie Schwartzberg shows footage from a film he directed for National Geographic, Mysteries of the Unseen World, in which he examines four kinds of scales: the very big, the very small, the very fast and the very slow. For all its wonder, the work is about more than just the “whoa”-factor; it’s also meant to inspire people to protect the natural world. Below see 8 images and 8 video clips from Schwartzberg’s work over the years.

Orchid Bees in Santa Rita Ridge, Panama

Photograph: Louie Schwartzberg, movingart.com.

Dew drops on a purple pansy

Photograph: Louie Schwartzberg, movingart.com.

Night sky on Maui

Photograph: Louie Schwartzberg, movingart.com.

An island near Fiji, in the South Pacific Ocean

Photograph: Louie Schwartzberg, movingart.com.

An intense close-up of a leaf

Photograph: Louie Schwartzberg, movingart.com.

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Monarch butterflies in El Rosario, Mexico

Photograph: Louie Schwartzberg, movingart.com.

An orangutan in Java, Indonesia

Photograph: Louie Schwartzberg, movingart.com.

A hummingbird in Santa Rita Ridge, Panama

Photograph: Louie Schwartzberg, movingart.com.

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“Sand trees” formed on Rincon Beach, California

Photograph: Louie Schwartzberg, movingart.com.

All images courtesy of Moving Art