Time-lapse fireflies

Vincent Brady shot these scenes of swarming fireflies at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, and at his home in Michigan: "I used every trick I have up my sleeve to pull this off. Image stacking, 360 degree startrail panoramas, and even a macro love scene! Hold on to your seats these fireflies fly by pretty quick!"

There's a fantastic gallery of stills, too. And that perfect musical accompaniment is by Brandon McCoy. [Video Link. Via Colossal]

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  1. Fireflies? Are you talking about lightning bugs? You damn Yankees.

    Kidding aside, this really was lovely and wonderful to watch. I don't remember the first time I saw fireflies, but I think this comes as close as anything could to bringing back that sense of wonder.

    And it also brought back to me the evening I was taking a friend who'd spent most of his life in Britain back to my house. He stopped on the sidewalk and asked, with a trace of fear, "Why are there little lights all over your yard?" And he was delighted to learn that they were insects, and not something sinister, like will-o-the-wisps.

  2. I did that too here in Tennessee, a decade earlier. It was wonderful having a jar of glowing bugs next to my bed, but sad to wake to find them all dead.

    Then there was the time I filled a jar with them and opened the jar in the house.

  3. What is summer then, if not constantly working in an office in the city like every other season with a complete lack of fireflies?

    After breaking his leg:
    Bart "Oh, I'm gonna miss the whole summer.”
    Homer “Don't worry, boy. When you get a job, like me, you'll miss every summer."

  4. Amazingly I did not. I don't remember why, because my parents went to a lot of trouble catching all the loose lightning bugs in the house. They were very grateful when I showed them that if you click the lights on and off lightning bugs will light up, making them easier to find.

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