During the summer vacation season, most people are leaving their homes with the intention of seeing cool things during the day. The summer sun is a hard thing to resist. Sometimes though, nature’s greatest sights and sounds are at night.
When the sun goes down, different flora, fauna and other forms of life appear. The world changes, and sometimes it’s for the better. These nine amazing destinations, for one reason or another, transform into something epic at night.
1.) Glowing Mushrooms, New England.
This glowing fungus is known as Panellus stipticus, sometimes also called bitter oyster. It’s a relatively common sight in the forests of New England.
2.) Waitomo Cave, New Zealand
No those aren’t more bioluminescent mushrooms, those lights are from thousands of glow worms. Their lights serve two purposes: attract mates, and attract prey.
3.) Blue Grotto, Capri, Italy
The glow of the Blue Grotto looks a bit erie and supernatural. However the water gets is creepy glow because of light from outside the cave.
Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
The Smokey Mountains in Tennessee have one of the most unique firefly displays in the world. Every year the fireflies synchronize their flashes in a show that’s not to be missed.
5.) Aurora Borealis in Canada.
What more is there to say about the Northern Lights? They’re breathtaking, and Canada is the best place to see them from.
6.) Toyama Bay, Japan
Firefly squid normally spend their time in the deep ocean, but they make regular appearances in Toyama Bay, Japan. The bay is a key spawning area for the creatures.
7.) Kilauea, Hawaii
Active volcano at night? Yes please!
8.) Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
These famous salt flats in Bolivia not only make for amazing pictures during the day, but after the sun sets you’re treated to an amazing night sky.
9.) Vaadhoo, Maldives
Who doesn’t love some bioluminescent phytoplankton? These tiny sea creatures glow a haunting shade of blue when they’re washed up on the shore. It’s a pretty surreal sight to behold.
The next time you’re packing your bags, don’t just think about what will happen at your destination during the day. Sometimes the night can be just as beautiful.
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