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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Their Back......


Close your eyes and think back to the long hot summers of childhood.
Playing outside until late in the evening, sitting on the front porch eating ice-cold watermelon slices, listening to the crickets chirp, and the tree frogs sing.

Remember catching Fireflies and keeping them in a Mason jar ? They glowed beside you all night long sitting on your night table......
Innocence and childhood going hand in hand.

We cannot recapture our childhood, but we can still enjoy the magic of the Fireflies, nature's living lanterns............

Photo credit: jamelah

15 comments:

donna baker said...

Jo, I watched them the other night and wondered what people must have thought about them long ago before electricity. Did you have them growing up in England?

Pastor Sharon said...

I love fire flies! They are a miracle of nature and are so enjoyed by many children, including this grown up kid!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

I wish I had a dime for every firefly I caught! It was once a ritual of summer!There are not nearly as many as there once was!

Gaston Studio said...

This is the second post this morning I've read about capturing fireflies and again, it brings back tons of childhood memories for this southern girl.

blushing rose said...

Memories ... we try to share these moments in reality & memory with the kid-lings ... life was so different then. TTFN ~ Marydon

bennie and patsy said...

The field in back is alive with a thousand tiny blinking lights. I want to dance and sing an be surrounded by them, into the night.But that is just fanciful thinking of a lost youth.
Patsy

Jean said...

Ahh lucky you! I havent seen lightning bugs as we call them yet but I havent really been looking. Guess I will see what I can find. Did any of you ever as a child tie a string on a june bug and let him fly for you?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Jo----we have them also... When my grands (and even my kids) were little, they loved catching Lightning Bugs (we never called them Fireflies) in a jar....

Awe--great memories.
Hugs,
Betsy

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Donna: I did not grow up with the wonder of Fireflies, as far as I know, they are not in England.
However, I have been fortunate to experience their magic through living here and watching my daughter and grandchildren grow up with them every Summer

L. D. Burgus said...

I like that guy's idea in order to photograph the lightening bug. I will have to try that. We had an unusually long season of lightening bugs this year. They are gone once it gets hot. One of the unusual times I was walking the dog, in the evening, and there was a light sprinkle of rain happening, and the lightening bugs were raising up out of the grass. It was beautiful.

Winifred said...

They look lovely. I'm missing out! I've never seen them. We don't have crickets or tree frogs although I've heard the crickets when we've been abroad.

Maybe they don't like life in a cool climate! Can't blame them. Still we don't have any really nasty stuff. I've never seen a live snake. Not that I want to mind but I'd love to see one of those fireflies and the humming birds I've seen posted recently.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Winifred: Sorry I meant to add this link, for those readers who have never seen them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefly

Star said...

We don't have fireflies in England, so I never saw them until I came to Tennessee in 2006. L and I were walking in the evening by some bushy shrubs, when I saw what I thought was someone lighting a match in the bushes. I said 'Look Larry, someone's over there in the bushes and he's lighting a match! He'll set fire to the shrubbery!' Larry laughed and explained to me that what I saw were fireflies and I was amazed. They are beautiful.
Blessings, Star

Daffycat said...

***grin*** We were watching a movie the other night and I told my husband there was a lightning bug in the house. It landed on my leg said Rick, so I scooped it up and let him go out the front door.

I love sitting outside watching the fireflies on a summer evening.

Snowbrush said...

In Mississippi, we called them lightning bugs. I've never seen them here in Oregon. You didn't have them in England, did you?