19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Watch Your Step...

At night in San Felipe, Baja California, the animals of the day go home and the nocturnal creatures come out to play. Although I'm accustomed to walking almost everywhere without shoes when I visit, I make a point to protect my feet from these nightwalkers. Containing a specific molecule throughout their exoskeleton, scorpions' bodies are illuminated when in contact with ultraviolet light. In my family, we go on scorpion scavenger hunts to find as many of these arachnids as we can and watch them light up like Christmas trees from the UV light.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Copyright: © Kiana Ferguson