Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Psychedellic Memory Lane

Ahhhhhh.  This takes me back...  Santa Monica beach, 1974, two four-way hits of acid.  Except, the bio luminescence which delighted us so on that summer night was a more silvery color, and the breaking waves had shining silver horses at their crests...  Faaarrrrr  Out!

from: Archie Mc Phee's Geyser of Awesome

Today the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders transports us to the Maldive Islands. It was there that Taiwanese photographer Wei Hung He encountered a beach covered in a magical starry carpet made of millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton.

“These tiny organisms glow similarly to fireflies and tend to emit light when stressed, such as when waves crash or when they are otherwise agitated. While the phenomenon and its chemical mechanisms have been known for some time, biologists have only recently began to understand the reasons behind it.”

Visit Wei Hung He’s Flickr stream for additional photos of this marvelous sight.

[via Colossal]

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