A couple months ago I went to Montezuma, on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, to photograph a wedding, it was a few days before the full moon and the beach was really light even at 10pm at night. Looking out to the ocean, I could see this electrical charge of light as the large waves crashed against the beach. Certain types of oceanic plankton produce a phosphorescence in a chemical response to the energy produced by the waves movement. This gave me a wonderful light show and a slow shutter speed gave the beach an ethereal effect. Glad I had my camera but I think I would have preferred my surf board!
What would you have preferred your Camera or your Board?!
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10 thoughts on “Costa Rica’s Phosphorescent Waves”
Thanks for sharing, it looks just magical! I want to be there nooooowww. :)
No worries, it was amazing to see! And on such a bright night, I forgot to mention that there is no editing on these photos!
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John Williamson shares some photos of Phosphorescent waves in Montezuma, Costa Rica. Don’t you want to be there now? I do…
Thanks for sharing!
Hmmmmm Good question, I have always thought it not so good to swim in the ocean at night, so I would have chosen the camera. BUT, if I didnt have that old notion, I would so choose the Surf Board!
Swimming in the Ocean at night is extremely liberating..as long as you don’t think about what might be below you! ;)
These are stunning photos! The wonders of our earth, thank you for sharing.
Since I don’t surf and I take photos incessantly, it is a no brainer for me! Lovely shots. I miss paradise.😔