The Spheres' plants, up close and personal

With more than 40,000 plants from around the world, The Spheres showcase biodiversity in the heart of Seattle.
on May 11, 2018 (Updated: August 21, 2019)

The Seattle Spheres are a place where employees can think and work differently surrounded by plants.

The Spheres are a result of innovative thinking about the character of a workplace and an extended conversation about what is typically missing from urban offices– a direct link to nature. The Spheres are home to more than 40,000 plants from the cloud forest regions of over 30 countries.

Upon closer inspection, each plant tells its own unique story. Get up close and personal with a few of these plants through macro photography.

Scroll down, or click any image to launch an immersive photo gallery, and be sure to follow @SeattleSpheres on Instagram for more photos of The Spheres plant inhabitants and architecture.

Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Dendrochilum magnum, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Begonia melanobullata, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Macodes lowii, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Medinilla myriantha, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Verschaffeltia splendida, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Begonia "Little Darling," as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Hoya sp., as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Alocasia maharani, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Begonia sizemoreae, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Petrocosmea rosettifolia, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Tacca chantrieri, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Melastome sp., as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Medinilla gregori hambali, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Begonia prismatocarpa, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Selaginella erythropus, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Freycinetia sp., as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Begonia soli-mutata, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Begonia sp., as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Medinilla alata, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Microsorium musifolium, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Alocasia "Frydek," as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Hedychium horsfieldii, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Medinilla scortechinii, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Blechnum gibbum, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Calyptocalyx pachystachys, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
Macro photography of some of the 40,000 plants in the Seattle Spheres

Aeschynanthus speciosus, as photographed as part of an up-close-and-personal macro photography showcase detailing plants housed within The Spheres. (JORDAN STEAD / Amazon)
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