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Published: June 22nd 2009
Also a web-borrowed shot, since I could not get my tripod into place, and my camera shutter will only open for 2 seconds at a time. Isn't it fantastic???
I want to share with you an absolutely magical moment
that occurred while I was in Ha Long Bay this past weekend.
It was Saturday night. The stars were all out in a clear moonless sky, and the water in our beach cove was as smooth as glass.
I was standing about chest-deep in the sea and waving my arms around under the water.
As I did so, thousands of bioluminescent plankton emitted sparks of bright green light.
I felt like I was swimming in stars,
with stars above, and all around me ringed in by the dark masses of the limestone karst islands. I have never in my life seen anything more beautiful.
Earlier in the night a bunch of us walked out into the water and started squealing with joy when we saw the phosphorescent phenomenon. We took turns standing on the deck of the speedboat and watching each other swim. We looked like underwater angels,
or something out of "The Abyss."
"C'est magique!" was what Julien, our French-Canadian companion said when he stepped into the water.
Hours later, the novelty still had not worn off. I outstayed nearly everyone, floating on my
This I got from an open source on the web, but it gives you the general idea...
back and watching falling stars in the sky, then standing back up and creating my own field of stars in the water. With my head submerged, I could hear the clicking of hundreds of tiny crabs eating away at the coral below. They got pretty friendly, and some of they even offered to accompany me back to my tent, clinging to my fingers and legs.
I wish I had pictures to show you, but there's no way to capture it, I suppose, without professional photography equipment.
You'll just have to come see it for yourself!
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