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Christmas Bonaire Style - Cacti with little Santa hats
great wall (China - Pechino)
Impressionist forest
Hippos bonding?
Sunset over a farm
Beautiful Narmada valley
Corridor to paradise - sailboat in the harbor of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
Old Bagan, new day
baya dos porcos (Brasil)
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Mansion along the Cliff Walk in Rhode Island
Shining trap
South Point, Hawaii
Great Grey stare
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Morning bath.
Ketchup Maionese Senape
A wild toaster in it's unnatural habitat
Sunflowers and bee at Buttonwood Farm festival
Natures magic in Narmada valley
Nature loves people
Sunset in Pensacola Beach, Fl
Imaginary Universe
15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Shining trap

Have you ever heard about the termite's nests bioluminescence? This incredible phenomena can be seen in central Brazil, more precisely in the region of Emas National Park. With the first rains bringing moisture to the Cerrado (the Brazilian savannah), after several months of dry and harsh climate, millions of termites leave their nests and fly to mate. But the termites don’t attract just their partners, but also predators. In this same period, beetles of Elateridae family put their eggs in the gaps and little holes of termite’s nests. When the eggs finally hatch, they give place to very special larvae: they have in their body a substance called luciferin (lucifer, from Latin, means “light”), which shines in the dark. The flying termites are therefore attracted by the magic greenish light and become the beetles’ larvae dinner. Isn’t the life at the Cerrado magnificent?

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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 10.2017
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 25, 2017, 11:32 a.m.
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Camera Model: Canon EOS 50D
Focal Length: 60mm
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PHOTO LOCATION Chapadão do Céu, Brazil