Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gippsland Lake Glows in the Dark - A Rare Sight...

Swimming is supposed to give you a healthy glow, but these swimmers were not quite sure what was going on when they took a late-night dip and turned a fluorescent shade of blue. "It was like we were playing with radioactive paint", said photographer Phil Hart who snapped the bizarre sight as his friends emerged from a lake in the dark of night.

The light is created by a chemical reaction called bioluminescence, which happens when a naturally-occuring micro-organism in the water is disturbed. These images are particularly stunning because the concentration of the micro-organism Noctiluca Scintillans was abnormally high when he took the photos at Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, Australia.

Phil, 34, put his camera on a very slow shutter speed and threw sand and stones into the water to cause the reaction and capture as much of the blue haze as possible.

It is believed the combination of bushfires and floods created the high levels of nutrients in the lakes for the organisms to feed.

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