Revisiting The Lagoon

September 28, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

While waiting to have an opportunity to travel and shoot another launch, I revisited one of my recent favorite experiences, the visit to the Indian River Lagoon in Florida where I got to see bioluminescence for the first time in my life!

I wanted to composite the few photographs I made into one single image to represent that night, so here it is! Kayaking on the water, disturbing the bioluminescence to flush out a glow of blue under the force of the whirling water.

While I was working on it, I noticed a tiny detail I hadn't seen before... I actually caught the Starlink Train low on the left horizon in the photo, double win! It's funny to me because I had been joking of how it would be a great shot if I could also capture the Milky Way, a rocket launch and lightning all at the same time. Don't laugh, it could happen!

The bioluminescence of the Indian River Lagoon in Florida releases a glowing blue light in the dark of night when disturbed. This twinkling light is caused by dinoflagellates, microscopic single-celled organisms that releases light as a defense when it receives pressure on its cell walls. This lagoon is so full of these organisms, you can't avoid making a disturbance. Even the fish swimming through the warm water create an eerie glow. It's truly a magical experience.
Enjoy the photo, or better yet, make a trip to experience this magical phenomenon yourself! You won't regret it.

 

Bioluminescence CompositeBioluminescence CompositeThe bioluminescence of the Indian River Lagoon in Florida releases a glowing blue light in the dark of night when disturbed. This twinkling light is caused by dinoflagellates, microscopic single-celled organisms that releases light as a defense when it receives pressure on its cell walls. This lagoon is so full of these organisms, you can't avoid making a disturbance. Even the fish swimming through the warm water create an eerie glow. It's truly a magical experience.


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