During our camping holiday at Wilsons Promontory National Park (Victoria, Australia) in December I noticed a glimpse of bioluminescence in the surf. However, the weather was not favourable for night sky photography and I knew I had to return at the earliest opportunity and photograph this phenomenon under the stars.

I waited for the next New Moon in January 2013 and ventured out to Squeaky Beach at night. Electric blue surf started to appear when it became dark and it was amazing to see the blue sparkle as I walked in the water.

The ghostly blue light is is produced by small single-celled marine micro-organisms called Noctiluca scintillans (commonly known as the Sea Sparkle) through a chemical reaction. It can be found all over the globe and particularly in areas of nutrient-rich waters. I could not resist adding Aurora Australis footage I took at Mornington Peninsula in October 2012 to create the natural “Liquid Light Show”.

The “Memories of the Moon” track by zero-project was a perfect fit for this time-lapse.

Images and Virtual Reality Tour

Squeaky Beach Panorama

Squeaky Beach Panorama

If you click on the Virtual Tour thumbnail on the left you should be able to pan and zoom using the buttons at the bottom of the image or just click and drag it with the mouse to pan and use Shift/Ctrl keys to zoom in and out. Adobe Flash player is required.

4 Comments for this entry

  1. Mike Lewinski:

    Beautiful!

    I was just looking at some photos of bioluminescence and aurora here:

    http://spaceweather.com/gallery/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=75771

    Thank you for sharing your work. You’ve been the single biggest inspiration for my own night photography and time lapse efforts (which are still nascent).

  2. BEM:

    Thanks for the magic show. Please continue sharing. It is our earth and soul.

  3. Jens Zygar:

    So impressive, so well done, love 6 respect °

  4. Josh Thum:

    I love your pictures, as they are absolutely the best pictures I have EVER seen. I am so inspired by your work, and I think what is even more amazing is your story to how you got hooked on astronomy. I am 13 years old and could be considered a ‘budding’ astronomer. I am currently teaching high school students at an observatory in Wisconsin – Yerkes Observatory, that is – how to use telescopes, about telescopes, and how to process images. You are my inspiration for astronomy, and I hope you keep sharing your work with the world, because it is beautiful.

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