Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nature's Living Lanterns



We enjoyed sitting on the porch in the cool evening air last night, discussing our day, and our plans for the upcoming week ahead.
In the darkness of the woods I noticed a tiny twinkling light nestled in the tree line, and then another, and several more......
The Lightning Bugs have returned !
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 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.
In the coming few weeks the darkness of the woods will be 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.

The magic has returned....

7 comments:

donna baker said...

Aren't they a miracle Jo? I wonder how the natives viewed them before electricity was commonplace?

local alien said...

Wonderful. I've only seen them once, here in Greece. They are called picolobithes!
Quite magical

DJan said...

I only saw them once, when I was young, and I have no memory of where, but the experience was unforgettable! :-)

Betsy Brock said...

Oh of the best childhood memories ever!

Ours appear in June....it's a sure sign of summer for us!

Susie said...

Jo, Catching lightening bugs is a favorite childhood memory. I remember my brothers and sisters chasing them thru the yard. Even my own daughters. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Theresa said...

Lucky you! Lightening bug populations have dropped and I believe many species are on the endangered list. I remember summers in PA with the grandparents, catching lightening bugs and frogs and butterflies. Sadly there are no lightening bugs on the west side of the Rockies.

Henny Penny said...

This is so beautifully written! We have not seen a lightening bug yet this spring.I sure do remember catching them in a mason jar. My brother and I would catch as many as we could, then ask mama if we could camp out...the jar of lightening bugs would make enough light. Poor lightening bugs.