Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fireflies

The fireflies were flashing this evening.  First, we saw them at ground level, and then as dusk descended, another species (presumably) started flashing higher up in the canopy. 

It reminded us of Maryland, where we spent many pleasant (and full of research work) summers years ago at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on the Chesapeake Bay in Edgewater.

We were fortunate enough to stay in the house of artists for many of those years. Gifted portrait painters, they spent the summer in Provincetown, Massachusetts painting landscapes.  So we were able to rent their house near the research station for the summer, and enjoyed the fireflies, rural atmosphere, and access to DC and all of its cultural offerings, a respite from the small-town Southeast Georgia college town where we lived at the time.

2 comments:

  1. We've been seeing fireflies in the evening for several weeks. They remind me of my childhood when we would try to catch them and put them in mason jars with holes in the lid.

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  2. I love fireflies and have been seeing them all month - seems very early this year for them! Happy birthday to Mocha!

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