Saturday, May 14, 2016

Nature's Living Lanterns

Most people know about Lightning Bugs, cute little flying beetles with bottoms that light up at dusk to facilitate one task all life forms are driven to accomplish – reproduction.

In Middle Tennessee, our Lightning Bugs have returned, they come out once the sun is well below the horizon and produce a bright yellow green light that blinks on and off in the gathering night.
Sitting outside in the warm night air, we watched as the darkness of the woods was lit by the twinkling lights and mating rituals of the Lightning Bugs, or Fireflies as known to non-Southerners, meeting and creating beautiful luminescence together.

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 Lightning Bugs 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 Lightning Bugs, nature's living lanterns............


Nancy's Notes said...

I did all you said to do!!!! I remember so vividly playing outside until late in the evening, listening to the crickets chirp, and the tree frogs sing and most of all, catching Lightning Bugs and keeping them in a Mason jar!!!
What a sweet post, brings back wonderful memories!
Thank you!

DJan said...

I've never lived anywhere that had lightning bugs, and now I feel a little sad about what I've missed. I will just enjoy yours. :-)

Henny Penny said...

Lightening bugs remind me of my brother Jackie. He and I were so close in age and were always together. We caught many a lightening bug and kept them in a mason jar. Poor bugs. I could not do that now. :) That picture of Oliver Cat snoring is just about the sweetest thing I've ever seen. He is adorable!

Kathy said...

I used to sit outside and watch the lightening bugs, but I never caught them. I felt sorry for them in a jar and thought they would die without air and being able to fly around. Sometimes, though, they would land on my arm or hand and I would watch them walk around on me lighting up as they did so. You have brought back such happy memories.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We dont have any of those bugs,,, but we have a jar that we bought,,, and I will go get it,, and see if it lights up like its supposed to.
Thank you for the reminder!
What a beautiful post!

donna baker said...

And they are early around here this year. Guess cause winter was mild.

Doc said...

Wonderful times in my childhood, wonderful post Jo.

annie said...

Lightning bugs come out late in June in New Jersey. They were a highlight of childhood and they continue to be a highlight today too.
They and Spring Peepers are what make summer memorable.
Little harbingers of good things to come.