Saturday, June 13, 2009

Flashes of brilliance

What is it about fireflies that is so fascinating? For me, there's almost a supernatural allure. The way they come and go, flashes of temporary brilliance, unplanned, unpredictable.

Though I was born in New York, I spent most of my life in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, where there are no fireflies. Since I've been in South Carolina the past few years, I've been reintroduced. They never cease to amaze me.

My daughters love them too. They chase them down and capture them in glass jars. I only allow them to imprison the fireflies for a minute or so before letting them go.

As if mere glass could contain them.


Anonymous said...

Oooh, I know what you mean. I grew up in Southern California and just recently moved north of Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, Mx. They have the COOLEST stuff here, two of my favorites being fireflies and cicadas. Not so much the scorpions, though. :D


Jim Melvin said...

Even scorpions have their purpose. :) And most of them really aren't that poisonous. But the ones you're talking about ... look out!


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