Take a midnight stroll through the golden foliage-filled woods this fall and you might discover foxfire, a type of fungus that primarily grows in decaying wood. Also called fairy fire, the fungi creates light during a chemical reaction that occurs when the quick-growing, healthy fungal cells consume wood and the oxidative enzyme luciferase reacts with luciferin. Though air pollution and other factors can affect the foxfire’s brightness, some say the fungus’ bioluminescence is so bright that one could read a book with only the fungus’ light. Foxfire is the informal term for many different bioluminescent fungi including Panellus stipticus, which grows as small clusters of glowing mushrooms.
For those of us unable to attend the Labor Day scorcher known as the Burning Man Festival, this video is just about the next best thing. This past year, a whopping 68,000 people took to the Nevada summit seeking inspiration, reconnection with what matters, or maybe just a simple change of pace. Either way, Burning Man’s growth is incredible: when it officially began just 17 years ago, a mere 20 people attended.
The world of GIFs is quickly moving from a cheap, viral thrill to a more thoughtful–even artistic–form of self-expression. Croatian designer Paolo Ceric uses 4D cinema software and photos to create elegant GIFs that boggle the mind. Here are a few of his best works that bend the limits of digital creativity: