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Bioluminescent fungus

Using a very long exposure (about 10 minutes) reveals a bioluminescent fungus (glowing green) on the root of a small tree that is only about 6 inches across. The bioluminescence is extremely faint and barely discernible to the human eye. In order to detect it we had to turn off our flash lights and allow our eyes to adjust to the darkness for several minutes. La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica

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  1. As a child I played in the woods of eastern Kentucky. One night I was freightened by what I know now as Firefox. I am not sure this is Firefox but I am searching for a picture for a book cover.

    February 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    • Yeah I’m not sure if its Firefox either, but it certainly intrigued me! I hope to photograph more bioluminescent fungi when I go back to Costa Rica! Good luck with your search for a book cover photo! Thanks for stopping by!

      March 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm

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