Nature offers a variety of cool ‘fireworks’ displays that shouldn’t be missed
The nighttime display we witnessed just days before Independence Day was breathtaking as we visited some friends in rural Snyder County.
The dark sky was shattered by flashes of greenish gold. It sparkled in what seemed like waves — an ordinary hayfield became a fantastic show of flickering lights.
But there were no fireworks involved. Not the manmade variety, at least.
Thousands of lightning bugs filled the sky above the field and left our families oohing and ahhing as if we were at a pyrotechnics show. Most everyone has seen lightning bugs … or fireflies as some people call them … but it was rare to see so many all flashing together.
Then several days later as we pulled into our driveway from a different excursion, the family got another amazingly cool light show from a large collection of lightning bugs. This time, they were scattered through some woods across the street from our house. Many were stationary this time, and it looked a lot like the floating lanterns light display shown in the animated movie, “Tangled.”
Many people love fireworks. We flock to them in droves every year around this time of the summer as a way to remember and honor those who fought so proudly for our country and for our independence from Great Britain so many years ago. It is a highlight I know I really enjoy — especially as our children’s faces are left in wide-eyed amazement each time a new firework shoots into the sky.
However, there are so many natural light shows that we sometimes take for granted. Fireflies offer just one option. Have you ever seen numerous flashes of lightning arcing across a dark sky? How about the first rays of a magnificant sunrise on a cold winter morning while deer hunting or hiking in our rustic outdoors? Or the perfectly built campfire/bonfire framed by a calm, foggy lake at dusk?
I really wish I tried to capture the lightning bug displays those two nights on camera or video. I asked a professional photographer friend if he had any good lightning bug images and he just shook his head … saying that they are one of the hardest things to capture on camera due to the lighting, movement and other variables. To me, that just offered a challenge.
So, if you have any cool lightning bug photos or videos you’d like to share, let me know. I’ll be trying to capture my own images over the rest of the summer and will post any that seem worthwhile.
Also, check back soon as I share some intersting facts about fireflies in a future post … like the fact that they eat snails and slugs when young, but some scientists think that the adults don’t eat anything at all. My daughters will be disappointed to hear that the next time they capture some in a jar and want to feed them something.
~ by zaktansky on July 4, 2013.