Joe Michael Captures Stunning Light Displays in New Zealand Caves

By: Meghan Young - Jul 8, 2015
References: joemichael.co.nz & beautifuldecay
Stepping into a cave filled with magical blue light might make people believe in magic, yet the beautiful illumination is actually emitted from something straight out of our current world: glow worms. Covering almost every inch of million year old limestone caves found in New Zealand, the glow worms create an enchanting sight that would captivate anyone for days.

Shot by photographer Joe Michael, the glow worms create a constellation-like effect within the closed space. Beautiful Decay explains, "The worms vary in size attesting to the irregular light structure captured in the caves which provides further awe to their curiosity. In some Larvae species the adult female will glow to attract males during mating season. In others the light is used as a warning signal to predators or to lure prey."