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Tue May 6, 2014, 11:13 PM

Long Exposure Photographs of Fireflies














For the last month or so photographer Yume Cyan has been shooting some magical long exposure photographs of fireflies in a forested area around Nagoya City, Japan. By keeping the camera’s shutter open at a low aperture Cyan captures every bioluminescent flash of each insect resulting in dotted light trails that criss-cross the frame.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/06/long-exposure-photographs-of-fireflies-in-the-forests-of-nagoya-city-by-yume-cyan/

I love these photos

Do you have fireflies where you live?




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onestepforward May 2014 OP
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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 12:21 AM

1. That is very cool. Fantastic photos of an insect anyone can love

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 02:03 AM

2. I used to see them when I was a child

in Massachusetts.
I was visiting almost 19 years ago and my brother and I were walking in the early summer night with my son, who was not yet a year old, on roads through the hilly woods. We heard funny sounds coming from the woods that sounded like a soft, repeating Donald Duck quack. My brother and I were making the sound back at them and laughing.
My brothers told me the sound was coming from some kind of large white tree cricket. I'll have to ask the naturalist brother again what they were; the only tree crickets I found on the internet make a high sound.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 03:55 AM

3. Gorgeous and magical.

Oh, to be out there.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 04:38 AM

4. Yes we have fireflies

These are cool shots.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #4)

Wed May 7, 2014, 10:02 AM

10. I have seen a sparse population in Houston by a bayou,

but that was almost 25 years ago. Sadly, I haven't seen any since.

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Response to onestepforward (Reply #10)

Fri May 9, 2014, 07:58 PM

37. I must have been there about the same time.

If I remember correctly, it was at Armand Bayou where I saw them----and that was the only time I saw fireflies in the Houston area for the 14 years I lived there.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 07:05 AM

5. Those are great photos, onestepforward.

Thanks for sharing. We have fireflies (North GA) who make the early evening so special.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #5)

Wed May 7, 2014, 09:53 AM

9. You're so fortunate to have them!

I used to see them as a child when visiting my grandparents in Tennessee. They were truly magical

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 08:16 AM

6. Oh! So magical!

Yes, I'm lucky to live with fireflies

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Response to Ino (Reply #6)

Wed May 7, 2014, 10:05 AM

12. They are very magical.

You're very fortunate to have them!

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 08:54 AM

7. Cool. n/t

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 09:51 AM

8. Love this - fireflies (lightening bugs) are a huge part of childhood summer memories for me

My kids are doing the same thing. They catch fireflies (we call them lightening bugs) and put them in jars with holes in the lids. After you get 8 or 10 in one jar, the lighting sometimes syncs and its amazing to watch. We are a "catch and release" family. After about 20 - 30 minutes, the kids grow tired and we open up the jar. My son always puts in some dirt, grass and leaves in case they want to "play while in the jar."

Thanks for the pics and link, these are very cool.

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Response to dr.strangelove (Reply #8)

Wed May 7, 2014, 10:10 AM

13. What a thoughtful son you have!

That's sweet

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 10:03 AM

11. Did you notice...

 



...that when they die on your windshield, they leave a prism-like rainbow of innards...????



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Response to CanSocDem (Reply #11)

Wed May 7, 2014, 10:49 AM

15. And they smell awful.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 10:35 AM

14. beautiful photos.

Yes, we have them here, but midwesterners seem to prefer to call them "lightning bugs". Back east, they were always "fireflies".

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #14)

Wed May 7, 2014, 10:50 AM

16. In the east (Ky), we called them lightning bugs.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #16)

Wed May 7, 2014, 01:45 PM

19. interesting ...

Now I kind of want to see a map of the distribution of the two names.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #20)

Thu May 8, 2014, 07:40 AM

28. What a great site!

My son is heading to college next year and wants to study linguistics. He may have already found this, but I can't wait to show it to him, just in case he hasn't. Thanks for posting.

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Response to kag (Reply #28)

Thu May 8, 2014, 08:40 AM

29. If he came to my home town, best bring an ink pin.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #20)

Fri May 9, 2014, 08:02 PM

38. How do you find all these neat sites.

It is like you can pull anything out of your butt in the blink of an eye. Very interesting site.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #38)

Fri May 9, 2014, 08:11 PM

40. Knowing the correct search terms is the key

I typed in "firefly or lightning bug." It showed "Firefly or Lightning bug dialect" as an option. I took that option.

I've been online since the days of 28.8k dial ups.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #40)

Fri May 9, 2014, 08:21 PM

41. I bow to you.

You certainly have it figured out. (And I always thought that I was competent at searches!)

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #41)

Fri May 9, 2014, 10:11 PM

42. Years of practice debunking right wing propaganda on my veterans mailing list

helped teach me how to Google. Fact bombing really pisses off the Ditto heads and other right wingers.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 10:56 AM

17. Excellent find -

Thanks for posting it!

I haven't seen any since I was a kid visiting my cousins in Maryland. Spent many summer evenings catching and putting them in jars. Their house was on a sparsely populated road in Pasadena but that was 40+ years ago. The last time I was up there (3~4 years ago) it was built up a little more and I didn't see any fireflies.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #17)

Thu May 8, 2014, 03:59 AM

27. Maryland fireflies

I live just outside Laurel, about 10 miles west of Pasadena. For a few years we had very few fireflies and I was afraid development had been too much for them. But the last two years the display has been amazing!

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Response to Dale Neiburg (Reply #27)

Thu May 8, 2014, 09:47 AM

30. That's great to hear!

I need to go visit the cousins soon.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 12:49 PM

18. wonderful, magical photographs

i wish I could have a copy of the top one. the light in the background sets the stage for the show!

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 03:27 PM

21. beautiful photos.

I do not know what I was expecting. These are artwork. WOW Spectacular. Thank you over and over for the post. I lived in places with fireflies when growing up but now, no, and I miss them.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 03:58 PM

22. No fireflys where I live, but when I visited Ohio I saw them for the first time & was mesmerized!

Thanks for sharing these delightful photos!

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #22)

Thu May 8, 2014, 12:35 PM

33. ONe of the many reasons

 

why I miss Ohio.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 06:56 PM

23. Wow - beautiful pics!

We have lightning bugs where I live (Kentucky) but I've never seen them photographed like that.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 09:22 PM

24. yes, I will live near here...

Synchronous Fireflies in the Great Smoky Mtn NP.



http://www.recreation.gov/tourParkDetail.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72413

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed May 7, 2014, 09:45 PM

25. Beautiful. Unfortunately, we don't have fireflies here

only lightning bugs .

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 01:52 AM

26. Reminds me of Van Gogh or pointillism. n/t

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 10:27 AM

31. pixies do exist

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 12:23 PM

32. I haven't seen a firefly since 1992

 

when I moved to Texas.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 04:21 PM

34. Yes, In Dallas in West Oak Cliff

We have fireflies or lightning bugs as we call them down here. Not a lot like it was when I was a kid, but at dusk, they come out the hedges and start flitting around the yard. So pretty. By the way, I have not used any pesticides or herbicides in my yard, garden or grass for over 25 years. I think this makes a difference. I have also seen a Texas Horned toad in my garden two times, one time a few weeks ago. The "horny toad" is supposed to be gone from North Texas. Their primary source of food is ants and with everyone putting out Andro to kill the ants, this has been the death knell of the little toads.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 06:03 PM

35. Don't forget this guy





From Disney's "The Princess and the Frog"



Yup, we have them here in Philly and we call 'em "lightning bugs".

The compound that makes them glow -

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 08:56 PM

36. Not in Seattle. They're one of the few things I miss from other places I've lived. n/t

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Fri May 9, 2014, 08:08 PM

39. Yes, we have them here in W PA.

I go an sit outside facing a field on summer nights just to watch them. Fourth of July is about peak time, and they are my fireworks. We called them lightning bugs.

That first picture is my favorite of the fireflies, but the third one has nice perspective.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Sat May 10, 2014, 08:23 AM

43. I wanted to thank everyone who's replied to and enjoyed this thread.

I'm onestepforward's husband and I wasn't sure this was the right place to even mention it but she passed away on Thursday. I'll do a more formal post about her this weekend. Terri loved her DU family so much she was always so happy when one her threads would make it to Cool or Greatest. So thank you for all the love, kindness, learning and joy you've given her throughout the years. I know for a fact she LOVED all of you so, so much.

Don't forget to love one another today and be as kind and forgiving to yourself and everyone you know because all our hearts depend on it. Thank you.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Reply #43)

Mon May 12, 2014, 06:31 AM

44. (((Hugs)))

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Reply #43)

Mon May 12, 2014, 06:45 AM

45. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Reply #43)

Mon May 12, 2014, 07:19 AM

46. kick for Terri



May you find peace AllanVanAllan --it's obvious your bond with Terri was strong. Sometimes people leave us abruptly and we have no power to stop it. The world can change in an instant.

We are as fragile and momentary as fireflies. If only people would live in the realization of that fact.

Thank you for remembering her here. Very appropriate. Love is all.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Reply #43)

Mon May 12, 2014, 07:42 AM

47. I loved Terry's posts

Thank you for sharing this here. Much love to you.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Reply #43)

Mon May 12, 2014, 08:08 AM

48. "Don't forget to love one another today..." Amen.

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Response to AllenVanAllen (Reply #43)

Mon May 12, 2014, 12:10 PM

52. thank you for sharing

this is a great loss to us too.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 09:15 AM

49. Kick for Terri!

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 09:49 AM

50. Kick for Terri.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 10:00 AM

51. K & R for Terri AND! Picture from the "Firefly" room at Phoenix Art Museum

If you ever visit PAM, be sure to see it!!!


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Response to Coventina (Reply #51)

Mon May 12, 2014, 03:33 PM

54. Yes, I've been there, and I remember this exhibit.

 

Awesome work, along with Jean Leon-Gerome's Thumb's Down:

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 02:47 PM

53. k & r for Terri.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 04:18 PM

55. K & R

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 06:04 PM

56. This is how I'll remember you ~



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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 07:14 PM

57. Terri's love for such beauty is an incredible memory.

 



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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 09:09 PM

58. fly by the light of the fireflies, Terri! Farewell.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 10:05 PM

59. Rec!

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 10:08 PM

60. kick. nt

 

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 11:31 PM

61. ...

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Response to Sweet Freedom (Reply #61)

Mon May 12, 2014, 11:52 PM

62. ....



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Response to Lex (Reply #62)

Sat May 25, 2019, 06:42 PM

67. ...

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 12:37 AM

63. beautiful.

_/\_

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 02:06 AM

64. I guess they don't hang out in California

At least, I've never heard tell of any.

Exquisite photos!!

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 05:56 PM

65. One last kick for a most beautiful post...

Peace to you, onestepforward

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Tue May 13, 2014, 08:33 PM

66. <3

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