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Glow Worms Turn New Zealand Cave Into Starry Night And I Spent Past Year Photographing It
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Glow Worms Turn New Zealand Cave Into Starry Night And I Spent Past Year Photographing It

Something quite special dwells beneath the surface of New Zealand and these images prove that the country is just as beautiful below ground as it is above!

The Waitomo area is famous for it’s limestone caves and within these caves are one of the most magical insects in the world, the glowworm. Glow worms emit a phosphorescent glow that light up the cave and create a surreal environment.

Over the past year I have been back and forth to Waitomo’s Ruakuri Cave to master the art of photographing these magnificent little creatures – it’s been quite the experience! When the headlamps are out and all you can see are the glowworms, you can’t help but feel like you’ve stepped into James Cameron’s Avatar Pandora, it’s just unreal! Photographing glow worms is very similar to shooting the night sky, however the exposure time can be much longer. These images in particular range between 30 seconds and 6 minutes exposures. To achieve the shots, it required me to submerge myself and my tripod in cold water for up to 6-8 hours a day – it was totally worth it!

More info: shaunjeffersphotography.com

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artbyce
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5 years ago

"Glowworms (Arachnocampa luminosa) are not worms at all, but the larvae (maggot) of a creature called the fungus gnat. Their larval form is a long slimy worm-like creature that grows about the size of a matchstick, and hangs suspended in a transparent tube strung between two points (a bit like a hammock). Underneath this hammock, the glowworm suspends lines of silk with tiny sticky droplets of mucus that are used. Glow worm adult like fishing lines to capture flying prey. Flying insects are attracted to the glowing light emitted by the glowworm, and crash into the sticky threads, which are then reeled in so that the catch can be eaten by the glowworm. "

Daria B
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5 years ago

I can hear background music from that forest in Final Fantasy 10 when I look at these.

Nyein
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5 years ago

What kind of sorcery is that? Absolutely breathtaking. Wow...just wow!!

xoen
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5 years ago

..it's just nature :)

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artbyce
Community Member
5 years ago

"Glowworms (Arachnocampa luminosa) are not worms at all, but the larvae (maggot) of a creature called the fungus gnat. Their larval form is a long slimy worm-like creature that grows about the size of a matchstick, and hangs suspended in a transparent tube strung between two points (a bit like a hammock). Underneath this hammock, the glowworm suspends lines of silk with tiny sticky droplets of mucus that are used. Glow worm adult like fishing lines to capture flying prey. Flying insects are attracted to the glowing light emitted by the glowworm, and crash into the sticky threads, which are then reeled in so that the catch can be eaten by the glowworm. "

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

I can hear background music from that forest in Final Fantasy 10 when I look at these.

Nyein
Community Member
5 years ago

What kind of sorcery is that? Absolutely breathtaking. Wow...just wow!!

xoen
Community Member
5 years ago

..it's just nature :)

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