In Victoria, Australia, a hauntingly beautiful phenomenon turned the Gippsland Lakes (and midnight swimmers) luminous blue. ‘ It was like we were playing with radioactive paint,’ said photographer Phil Hart who snapped the bizarre sight as his friends emerged from the lake in the dark of night.
The lake’s light was caused by a microorganism that happened to be in abnormally high supply when Hart snapped these amazing photos in 2009. The harmless “Noctiluca Scintillans” microorganism lights up when the lake water is disturbed. To capture the glowing photos, Hart put his camera on a slow shutter speed and threw sand and stones into the lake water.