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San Luis Obispo, California, and South Bristol, Maine, United States
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Monday, July 20, 2009

Fireflies and Falling Stars

Delicious, satiny, star-flecked nights entice us outdoors for long walks. We carry along our little bat detector and track the bats whizzing past us. The detector picks up and magnifies their sonar clicks. Jeff and I hold hands as we walk down our one lane dirt road along Little Harbor and the bats fly over, around, and between us.

Fireflies are flickering through the bayberries, blueberries, and grasses on the ocean side of our yard. The female fireflies stay put at the tops of grasses and bushes, and flash greetings in answer to the males who lilt through the darkness like falling stars. All science aside, I always thought that fireflies were lanterns carried by the garden faeries during their night flights and rambles.

Jeff crouched down in the bushes and spent a half hour trying to photograph some of them. He would quickly flash a small light, and the fireflies (who thought he was a BIG firefly) responded brightly, which helped him track them to their hide-outs. He finally triumphed with this photo. Hard to believe that this humble looking beetle can produce so much magic.


Firefly

A little light is going by,
Is going up to see the sky,
A little light with wings.

I never could have thought of it,
To have a little bug all lit
And made to go on wings.

Elizabeth Madox Roberts

We try to eat every meal outdoors in our tiny screened porch. We don't have electricity out there, but we do have old "LIGHTNING" canning jars filled with a layer of beach sand and outfitted with candles. Everything tastes better when we're outdoors, serenaded by the crashing waves, and enchanted by the quick hieroglyphics of fireflies against the night sky.

Sweet dreams-think of the sound of the sea and the faeries lighting their way with tiny lanterns,

Sharon

9 comments:

Marilyn said...

I remember chasing fireflies as a child. We don't see them that often in the city anymore.

Stephanie Roth Sisson said...

Hi Sharon!

That sounds so romantic and blissful. No wonder you love your little santuary in Maine. xo Steph

Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Wow..that sounds well...magical ...
What a great way to spend a summer evening. In the peace and quiet of nature.
And triple A+ on the photograph of the candles....beautiful !!

xxx
Kary

chercroce said...

Perfect :)

Aunt Jenny said...

I have never seen a firefly. Sad, huh? Someday that is something I want to see. I will put it on my "bucket list". I love the picture with the candles.

June said...

Oh, I loved going on your evening walk with you. And the dinner on the porch was great too.

Alina said...

I was so excited to show my older son fireflies on the 4th of July. He's not usually up late enough to see them so that was a very special occasion. He loved them. One even landed on his arm and he got to see it light up at close range. Magical is the right word, for sure.

www.susanbranch.com said...

Oh My Goodness Jeff you scientist!!! Amazing shot!! How do I get one of you in my life??? xxoo sue

Aisling said...

How idyllic it all sounds! Just lovely!