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Friday, April 22, 2016

Glow little glowworm, glimmer glimmer

This picture may not look like much, but it is the best of my many attempts to capture Arachnocampa luminosa, the New Zealand glowworm, in the Ruakuri cave on the road from Rotorua to Auckland.

This was from a section of the cave where there were only a few glowworms; there was another, much larger section where the walls and ceiling looked like that starry sky in the Outback, little pinpoints of blue and green and white light everywhere. There were no lights there, and we had to turn off our phones and cameras before shuffling into the pitch darkness like preschoolers on a field trip, each of us holding on to the shoulders of the person in front of us.

It was a little creepy and extremely clammy and not recommended for claustrophobes. I'm glad I did it anyway.

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