Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...
Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves! ~Humbert Wolfe
And not just any October eves... we're almost upon Halloween, so here's a beautifully spooky photo for this Nature Nerd Wednesday:

This long-exposure photo of blue ghost fireflies was entered into the National Geographic 2014 photo contest. The scene was captured in Brevard, North Carolina by photographer Spencer Black, who noted that "Blue Ghost fireflies are unique because they stay lit and only hover about a foot off the ground."

These fireflies are aptly named, as it seems they are as elusive to find as a restless spook on Halloween. Blue Ghosts are found glowing in the southern U.S. and throughout the Appalachian Mountains in early summer. Although I love Washington and its beautiful natural scenery, I must admit that I'm slightly jealous of our Southern neighbors for their fireflies. Here's a great article on these rare Blue Ghosts, so all of us Pacific Northwesterners can see what we're missing.

If only these fireflies were active during this time of year! I think walking through a twilight forest ankle-deep in a glowing cloud of fireflies is a much more fitting and enjoyable way to spend Halloween than dressing up in silly costumes, no?

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