New Zealand Cave Illuminated by Glow Worms

New Zealand-based photographer Joseph Michael has stunned us with these spectacular photographs of glow worms, which he shot for his project Luminosity. He took these photos in a number of limestone caves in New Zealand’s North Island. These 30 million-year-old limestone caves are home to tiny bioluminescent lava known as Arachnocampa luminosa. The tiny lava give off a light blue glow in order to find a mate.

Mr. Michael spent several months exploring these caves, standing in freezing waters for hours on end to capture these surreal long-exposure pictures of glow worms. He used Nikon D810 and a mixture of different lenses, like 14-24mm f2.8, 24mm f1,4, 35mm f1.4 and the 105mm macro f2.8.

‘Being inside the caves is an incredible experience — one of nature’s miracles,’ Mr Michael told the ABC.

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