September 25: bioluminescence
Bioluminescence… is god’s way of showing those of us with eyes to see that magic is real. One of many ways actually. And I apologize for the lack of pictures because I sure as hell do not bring a cellphone with me when I go swimming naked under a full harvest moon.
I have experienced this miracle twice now since moving to Whidbey Island, both times when swimming naked in a still late summer night under a full moon, and both times it has taken me by total surprise. I am not sure it is ever something that one can plan for, so to me this is a true gift from the universe that feels like it has literally fallen out of the sky. Look it up if you don’t know what it is. Basically every movement of your body as you swim in the dark dark water results in the explosion of a billion tiny stars that trail behind you.
This experience of a miracle (albeit with a scientific explanation somewhere to be found on the internet that I do not care to look up) does requires some preparations: First, you must get your body used to tolerating the icy cold water in the Salish Sea, which is around 52 degrees F or 11 degrees C. Depending on the amount of blubber on your body, which is a positive thing in my world, growing brown fat might take a few months, so you better start in the summer and go at least three times a week for longer and longer periods. Second, you must get over your fear of swimming in black soup and whatever may or may not be living and moving and coming up right underneath you as you leave the safe shore behind. I hope to some night have the gift of a seal as company when swimming in bioluminescence but the chance of these two gifts, bioluminescence and swimming with seals, both in one night is infinitesimally small.
How incredibly fortunate I am in this short lifetime to have experienced this!