13 Pics That Prove Mother Nature Prefers The Dark Side. #5 Is So Mysterious.
by N/A, 9 years ago |
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Being alone in a forest after dark can be a scary thought, unless you're visiting one of these places. They're beautiful during the day, but the night time is when they really come alive. If you get lost after sundown, have no fear. Nature's about to provide you with an amazing night-light.
Atlantic Rainforest, Sao Paulo
This rare glowing fungi can only be found in a small area deep within a rainforest in Sao Paulo. The locals refer to it as the â€œeternal light mushroomâ€ due to itâ€™s ability to continuously glow throughout the night.
Waitomo Cave, New Zealand
This unbelievably beautiful cave is located in New Zealand. The walls of the cave are infested with a rare type of glowworm called â€œArachnocampa luminosaâ€. The purpose of their glow is to attract both prey and potential mates. The light that you see is produced from their bodies and as they move along the walls of the cavern they leave behind a thin, sticky filament that illuminates these stunning caves.
Hidden Lake Territorial Park (Canada)
The Aurora, a famous natural phenomenon, occurs when highly charged particles of the sun come into contact with different particles in the Earthâ€™s atmosphere. Theyâ€™re mostly common in areas closest to the Earthâ€™s poles.
Forest Park, New York
Panellus Stipticus (also known as bitter oyster) is commonly found in the forests of New England. They are one of 70 bioluminescent species that grow in the world. Their ability to glow comes from oxidizing a pigment called luciferin, but this ability can also be hindered by pollutants within the soil.
Humans have been using fire for so long that itâ€™s hard to forget that there are natural occurrences that produce their own flames. A vent of Hawaiiâ€™s active Kilauea volcano, called HalemaÊ»umaÊ»u, provides site seers with a pillar of sulfurous steam that emits a firelit show coming from the center of the earth every time the sun goes down.
Vaadhoo Island is often a host to bioluminescent phytoplankton on its beaches. Their glow is a response to being washed ashore and other environmental stressors. This looks so much like seeing the starry sky right in front of you.
Forests of Tennessee in Spring
In the Great Smoky Mountains, fireflies gather, alongside glowing fungi, to find mates. Elkmont, Tennessee is home to one of their largest gatherings. Itâ€™s truly a sight to see.
Eastern Coast, Australia
The Clusterwink snail glows whenever it encounters predators and environmental stressors. In other words, it glows whenever it is agitated. These snails are usually in groups that way if they encounter a predator, the whole unit can illuminate giving the false sense that theyâ€™re a larger animal.
Toyama Bay, Japan
These glowing creatures are known as firefly squid, as well as sparkling enope, but their scientific name is Watasenia scintillans. They typically reside in deeper waters, but Toyama Bay in Japan has consistent occurrences with the species during their spawning season.
Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
The grounds at the salt flats in Bolivia are so flat that itâ€™s common to lose oneâ€™s depth perception while there. What makes it even trickier is when it rains the entire dry lakebed turns into a HUGE natural mirror.
Blue Grotto, Capri, Italy
Its glow comes from the outside light illuminating the waters of the darkened cave, causing it to provide explorers with an amazing experience.