Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
New stills from the Doctor Who Christmas Special, ‘The Time of the Doctor’.
Premieres December 25th at 9/8c on BBC America.
Glowworm Caves in New Zealand (by amusing planet)
The discovery of Waitomo’s Glowworm Caves:
In 1887, English surveyor Fred Mace and local Maori Chief Tane Tinorau decided to explore the Caves of Waitomo. Tinorau and Mace entered the cave system on a tiny raft where a decently sized stream descends into the underground and with their candles, they carefully navigated the stream through the caves. Amidst the darkness, they noticed starlike lights scattered across the formations above their heads. Thousands of glowworms were hanging peacefully above their heads forming a magnificent bioluminescent cosmos.
Elated with joy, the two men would return many times to explore further. On an independent trip, Tinorau found a land entrance, which is the same entrance that is used today by tourists from around the world. Tourists started visiting in 1889 when Tinorau and his wife began leading tours. Today, many of cave guides are descendants of Tinorau and his wife, and the fungus gnats, with their long strings of sticky mucus, still glow beautifully.
Can you imagine? Drifting down a river only to see something so gorgeous that it changed the course of lives for generations to come…
And all was black and still, and black and cold, and black and dead, and black.
Season 2 April 19, 2014