Base Camp is where visitors go to relax, unwind, and get familiar with an anthology of earlier material.

Worlds Beneath Our Feet

Ever heard of how two snowflakes are never identical – how each of them is a unique shape of its own, put together in nature’s studio? Better yet, ever seen a few with a naked eye?

If you haven’t, it’s a sight well worth it, and the feeling priceless, the closest one can get to the universal grand architect about whom the generations have been talking.

This creative force is, of course, not limited to water and ice. It works its magic on all elements, producing unique treasures across the board. We find them in a great many places, laid out in vast quantities across long stretches of land. We walk on them all the time, or lie on them under the sun and play sports on them, never actually seeing them for what they are: sculptures and gems, which we have dubbed sand, a material made up of billions of grains piled up on each other, seemingly identical, yet more than mere mineral granules. Like snowflakes, sand grains are unique, beautiful in themselves, uncompromising when added up.

Dr. Gary Greenberg spends considerable time photographing sand grains, revealing a world of wonder right beneath our feet. His work has been exhibited in Hawaii and Arizona, and holds a resident position in the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Here’s what he brings to light…

Nine sand grains
Sand grains from Maui, Hawaii
Sand grains from a single beach near Lahaina, Hawaii
Sand grains from a red volcanic outcropping at Makena Point, Maui
The tip of a spiral shell polished by the surf, surrounded by bits of coral, shell, and volcanic material
Assorted pouch of sand grains from Hawaii, Japan, California, Ireland, Bermuda, and Minnesota.
Star-Shaped Sand Grains from Okinawa
Three sand grains from the red sand beach at Makena Point
A blue spiral sand grain surrounded by three sponge silica spicules