Glow worms - the natural fairy light
Category: Outdoor Scenes
Photo and caption by Mary Katherine Ayers
These little larvae in New Zealand shine as hard as they can to attract insects for food, and their natural glow gives a supernatural feel to the underside of a cliff bank on a hot summer night. The glow worms are very sensitive to light, so a long exposure is the only safe way to capture them - no flash! A bit of additional light from a gas lighter helps bring up the detail in the leaves surrounding the worms.
Location: Raglan, New Zealand