Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Nature's Living Lanterns



We enjoyed sitting on the porch in the cool evening air last night, discussing our day, and savoring an ice-cream cone.
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

16 comments:

Latane Barton said...

This brings back such memories of my childhood when I would catch lightening bugs and put them in a jar. Oh so long ago.

donna baker said...

I've seen a few around the lake. But, in days gone buy, I have seen thousands in fields at the farm. I wonder what the Native Americans must have thought of them.

Kay G. said...

I saw my first one last night too! ­čîÖ

Louca por porcelana said...

Great memories,made me smile...

local alien said...

How magical! I have only seen fireflies once and was enchanted.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a super photograph that is ...

All the best Jan

Donna OShaughnessy said...

We used to collect them and then put them in the freezer. My dad said he sold them to a lab which studied them for research related to lighting the world, or something like that. My dad, one big story teller. Thanks for this post and the memories of a good man.

Kathy said...

I haven't seen any lightening bugs yet this year. It brings back memories of my childhood. And even though I am a Northern girl I don't call them fireflies.

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Oh how I wish we had these on the West Coast! I love that you were able to capture them in a photo. Thank you for sharing yours!

Constance said...

One of the things I miss most about my old home is the Lightening Bugs. I was right across the street from the town common. I would sit with my nephew and Grandson and watch the light show until all at once like a twinkling blanket they would rise together and disappear into the tree tops. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of such a delightful time in my life.

The Feminine Energy said...

What a lovely & peace-filled post! Thank you for bringing back fond memories of my childhood. Lovingly~ Andrea

Susie said...

Jo, We always caught lightening bogs. My daughters always did too. I miss that kind of innocent fun. I enjoyed the way your described it.Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

L. D. said...

It is a wonderful photo. I like all the memories that I hold from all these years with fire flies.

Chip Butter said...

I love the Lightning Bugs, and this time of year!

littlemancat said...

A lovely post - those magical little creatures. I also have always called them lightning bugs as did everyone in this area of Pennsylvania, Chester county. Not really sure it's a southern "thing."
Mary

Henny Penny said...

Oh, that last paragraph made me think about my brother. We were so close in age and always played together. We sure caught the lightning bugs. We used to play outside after dark until mama would call and make us come in for the night. And we kept them in a Mason jar. :)