There are places, nights are the best time to experience nature.
In June and July, when the rainy season comes, many forests become magnificent because millions of fireflies light up the night sky. Although Japan has 45 species of fireflies, only 14 species have the ability to glow. They often appear in quiet places, with pure nature and clean water sources such as Niigata, Aaomori, Tokyo, and Hokkaido.
Fireflies are considered an important part of Japanese culture. They are believed to be the souls of soldiers who died during the war.
Okayama, Japan, is home to luminescent creatures. The species of sea fireflies, or umi-hotaru in Japanese, is blue, in fact, it is only a 3-meter long shrimp and very difficult to see. But when they gather into a large group, they light up the water and rocks in Okayama.
Arachnocampa luminosa is a species of bug capable of glowing green and they are unique in New Zealand. They are not worms but larvae of a small rodent-eating rodent. They created magical blue light along the stream that led to Waitomo Cave in New Zealand.
Green light along the Matsu Islands in Taiwan is a species of algae called ninttiluca scintillans – a plankton. The bioluminescence of this algae is affected by many factors, including temperature, wind, and water levels on the island. It only glows in the warm season. The best is the time of June, July, and August. April, May, and September can also see this phenomenon. However, algae only glows for a short moment and disappear when the water moves.
In the forests of southeastern Australia, there is a fungus called Omphalotus nidiformis, also known as ghost mushroom, that glows brightly. The scientists found that the enzyme inside the fungus luciferase was the cause of this light, but no known biological cause of the bioluminescence was known.
Northern aurora is created when the winds of charged particles are released from the sun colliding with the gas particles in the Earth’s magnetic field, causing the atoms in the atmosphere to glow. The color of the aurora varies depending on the type of gas particle impacted.
The most beautiful auroras are the view from Alaska, Iceland, and Canada.