At first glance, you might guess that these pictures by Italian photographer Alberto Seveso are of artfully furled silk scarves, or curling plumes of colored smoke — but you'd be mistaken.

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What you're looking at are, in fact, macrophotographs of multicolored inks, captured during the instant that separates their contact with the water's surface from their diffusion throughout its volume. They serve as a stunning reminder that the beauty of fluid dynamics is everywhere, provided you have the right tools to capture it.

Check out many more examples of Seveso's work over on his website.
[Alberto Seveso via COLOSSAL]