Thursday, March 10, 2011

Glow in the dark lake. Awesome!!!!

Truly awesome pictures of bioluminescence occurring in some Australian lakes! Has anyone seen this occur state side or elsewhere? Any additional insight would be welcomed from friends of ND.

A lot of our fellow ND fans and supporters are photo buffs themselves. Please send in any pictures that you would like to share with our community to ND. Your work will be recognized and others will have a chance to see pictures such as these.

"What happens to lakes in an area hit by forest fires and floods? Some will glow in the dark. For a cluster of lakes in Australia's eastern Victoria, the combination of the fire and then the rain washed ash and nitrogen-rich soil into the water. The Gippsland Lakes experienced a rise in sea level. That caused the lakes to mix with sea water, which also raised the salinity.

This recipe led to the introduction of a species of algae called Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as "sea sparkle." The bioluminescent brew gave the water a nocturnal glow. Bioluminescence -- when a living organism lights up at night -- is a natural phenomenon. Australian photographer Phil Hart caught the eerie light of the lakes and shared his snaps. The shutterbug runs Night Sky Photography workshops in Australia, where he teaches the art of capturing images like these."

Many thanks to Claudine Zap from Yahoo for for this story and massive props to Phil Hart for taking these awesome pictures. I highly suggest photography enthusiasts check out Phil's website here. Great pictures!


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