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  Another Thing About Bioluminescence
From: ted.held at us.henkel.com on 2006.09.28 at 05:10:29(14682)
One other thing that should be understood
is that even the brightest bioluminescent organism is pretty dim compared
with the sun or a 25 watt bulb. Fireflies look bright against a dark summer
sky. But in the daylight you can't even tell if they're glowing. The same
applies to those cool deep-sea fish and, I suspect, luminous plants. Luminous
plants would lose some crowd appeal if you had to view them in pitch black
and wait for your eyes to accustom themselves before you could even see
their faint glow. Tell me if I'm wrong about this.

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From: Hermine hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 2006.09.28 at 20:24:29(14700)
At 05:10 AM 9/28/2006, you wrote:
One other thing
that should be understood is that even the brightest bioluminescent
organism is pretty dim compared with the sun or a 25 watt bulb. Fireflies
look bright against a dark summer sky. But in the daylight you can't even
tell if they're glowing. The same applies to those cool deep-sea fish
and, I suspect, luminous plants. Luminous plants would lose some crowd
appeal if you had to view them in pitch black and wait for your eyes to
accustom themselves before you could even see their faint glow. Tell me
if I'm wrong about this.
Ted.
ted, there is no right or wrong about this. in darkrooms for photography,
folks navigate by means of very dim photoluminescent dabs of paper
tape. these could be come obsolete!
it is a matter of subtlety. if you have ever seen a pitch black stage,
come to life very slowly as the stage lights just BARELY come on, you
would know what I mean. also folks vary in their ability to see in the
dim light. I grew up reading under blankets by penlight. I wear
sunglasses like welders goggles even indoors in Southern California. very
light sensitive eyes.
hermine

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From: "AbrimaaL" abrimaal at wp.pl> on 2006.09.29 at 05:00:17(14704)
However remember that luminescent plants also need
Sunlight to live, they can't spend all their life in a darkroom.

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From: Hermine hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 2006.09.29 at 13:55:52(14708)
At 05:00 AM 9/29/2006, AbrimaaL wrote:

However remember that luminescent
plants also need Sunlight to live, they can't spend all their life in a
darkroom.
you could put them outside or on the windowsill during the day, and move
them about on an as-needed basis, into the darkroom.
hermine

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