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

 

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