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Abstract of rust and “gunk” on a dumpster behind a store in Dunnellon, Florida. I couldn’t help thinking of those deep sea creatures that create their own light. (See below)

Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D
Color saturated a bit in Picasa3, a free download

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From Wikipedia:
“Bioluminescence is the ability for an organism to create light through chemical reactions. Creatures use bioluminescence in many ways: to light their way, attract prey, or seduce a mate. Many underwater animals are bioluminescent—from the Viper fish to the Flashlight fish, which is named for its light…. Some creatures, such as the angler fish have a concentration of photophores in a small limb that protrudes from their bodies, which they use as a lure to catch curious fish. Bioluminescence can also confuse enemies. The chemical process of bioluminescence requires at least two chemicals: the light producing chemical called luciferin and the reaction causing chemical called luciferase… The luciferase catalyzes the oxidation of the luciferin causing light and resulting in an inactive oxyluciferin. Fresh luciferin must be brought in through the diet or through internal synthesis.”

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    awesome find and capture

  • Thanks very much, Kathy. Glad you like this.

    – AuntDot

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 4 years ago

    Oh yes…this is lovely. Good work Dot.


  • Thanks a million, Debra. Appreciate your enthusiasm and your support!

    – AuntDot

  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberover 4 years ago

    Great find, Dot!! Wonderful!!

  • Thanks so very much, Susana!

    – AuntDot

  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanover 4 years ago

    Brilliant find Dot

  • Thank you so very much, Angela.

    – AuntDot

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 4 years ago

    You’re right on, Dot — definitely a luminous quality to these markings! Great find well captured!

  • Thanks so much, Monnie!

    – AuntDot

  • Lynne Prestebak
    Lynne Prestebakover 4 years ago

    Great find! They are very luminescent…cool!

  • Thanks very much, Lynne!

    – AuntDot

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatover 4 years ago

    Ha someone sicked up some tamato soup – great contrasting colours sorry about the way my mind works.

  • Thanks, HH. I’ll never look at it the same way again. LOL

    – AuntDot

  • Erika Gouws
    Erika Gouwsover 4 years ago


  • Thanks much, Erika!

    – AuntDot

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    Awesome … I love this! Isn’t it amazing what you can see with a little (or lot) of imagination??

  • Thanks for your two comments! I looked at this for several days before I decided what I saw in it. I had to look up “bioluminescence” just to be sure that’s the word for it.

    – AuntDot

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    A wonderful piece of abstract art Dot!!!

  • Thanks for the fave, too, Brenda. Much appreciated!

    – AuntDot

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