Marin County
Marin County (Photo: Nathan Wirth)

In this haunting series, photographer and writer Nathan Wirth uses infrared photography techniques to showcase the surreal black-and-white beauty of Northern California's trees, meadows and hillsides.

What's special about infrared photography is that it allows you a fascinating look inside an unseen world — literally. Human eyes are unable to sense infrared light (as well as ultraviolet light) because it lies outside of the visible light spectrum.

Although we can't see infrared with our eyes, there are ways to mimic our limited perception of this otherworldly aesthetic through the use of special infrared film, camera-equipped devices or even Photoshop.

Tree in Novato, California
Novato, California (Photo: Nathan Wirth)

As Wirth explains on his portfolio website, "I hope that my simple little slices of shorelines and hillsides are able to contribute to a conversation that, in silence, skirts along the edges of the absurd and insists on the possibilities of meaningfulness."

A cluster of trees in Sonoma County
Sonoma County (Photo: Nathan Wirth)

In addition to his own photography, Wirth curates and edits an online magazine called "slices of silence," where he publishes essays, interviews and other written works about photography.

Continue below to see more infrared treescapes, and be sure to follow Wirth on Facebook his latest updates.

Tree with tire swing in Marin County, California
Marin County (Photo: Nathan Wirth)
Backlit tree in Sonoma County
Sonoma County (Photo: Nathan Wirth)
A cluster of trees in Sonoma County
Sonoma County (Photo: Nathan Wirth)
Under the shade of trees in Marin County, California
Marin County (Photo: Nathan Wirth)
Spooky tree in Sonoma County, California
Sonoma County (Photo: Nathan Wirth)

Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.