September 6, 2013

Blue Ghost Fireflies, North Carolina

Photograph by Spencer Black, Your Shot

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A forest floor in North Carolina is traced with the movement of blue ghost fireflies in this time-lapse image by Your Shot contributor Spencer Black, who says the element of surprise compels him toward long-exposure photography.

"These fireflies are unique because their blink pattern is much longer than the common firefly and they hover about a foot off the ground," says Black. "Witnessing them by the thousands, floating above the forest floor in complete darkness, is truly an incredible experience."

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66 comments
marcia graff
marcia graff

the color squiggles are beckoning and energizing

Toso Bozic
Toso Bozic

this is stunning -- unbelievable photo

l rucki
l rucki

very cool  - you would not know it was fireflies - great movement

Angela Underwood
Angela Underwood

I love this picture, I wish I'd taken it. Fantasy in reality.

Sharelle Lucier
Sharelle Lucier

Gorgeous photo! I added it to my desktop background immediately :)

Syed Tauha
Syed Tauha

Wow....BEAUTIFUL....SubhaanAllah to the Creator....and KUDOS to the Photographer :)

Ron Cabral
Ron Cabral

I saw my first firefly in North Carolina about 20 years ago.... amazing!

Aung Naing Oo Ktg
Aung Naing Oo Ktg

တစ္ခုခုေတာ႔ ခံစားမွုု ရမယ္ထင္ပါတယ္။

Susan C.
Susan C.

I live here in Brevard and these fireflies -- which actually glow a light blue (hence the name "Blue Ghosts" and are about 1/2 the size of regular fireflies -- are incredible to see. When you first walk into their area, they scatter. But I have taken a quilt out, sat down, and they soon surround you, hovering over the ground with their constant glow. Truly magical!

Adrian P.
Adrian P.

Right place, right time, right skill...great job.

Shannon T
Shannon T

Truly amazing and what a fantastic idea. Well done Spencer.

John Cannon
John Cannon

fantastic photo.... as unique and creative as it gets

MINURA S.
MINURA S.

BEAUTIFUL.GREAT WORK.AMAZING.......

Susan Conley
Susan Conley

I lived in NC for a while ... was very pretty and the people were so congenial.  But there were critters everywhere!  haha

Madeline D.
Madeline D.

It'd be awesome to actually see these fireflies! Nature never ceases to amaze me. :)

Susan C.
Susan C.

@Madeline D. I live here in Brevard and these fireflies -- which actually glow a light blue (hence the name "Blue Ghosts" and are about 1/2 the size of regular fireflies -- ARE awesome to see. When you first walk to their area, they scatter. But I have taken a quilt out, sat down, and they soon surround you, hovering over the ground with their constant glow. Truly magical!

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