On a nearly moonless night in late May, as I stumbled down a wide, smooth path near a large campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it suddenly occurred to me that I can’t see in the dark anymore. I’m not sure when I lost this ability, since I hardly ever get to test it these days; most of my life has…
Did you know that, before they romantically illuminate the night, fireflies start out as fierce hunters that track down otherwise protected animals and kill them with venom? Learn about the cutthroat life of firefly larvae.
Earlier this month, I visited the Smoky Mountain National Park in hopes of capturing the annual firefly “light show” on camera — but it took some seriously creative thinking to make it happen.
I have no words to describe the beauty of this time-lapse video footage of fireflies, so I'll just shut up and say you can thank photographer Vincent Brady for it, as well as Brandon McCoy for the music.
If you've been stressing out or if you're getting swamped at work or if you're feeling a little overwhelmed, here's how you fix it: by watching this lovely time lapse of fireflies by Vincent Brady. Just put it on full screen, zone out and watch fireflies (or lightning bugs if that's what you call them) paint the world…
Beautiful. You see them glow blue one second and then they turn invisible the next. You're never sure if these Sapphirina copepods are real until you see them light up like a stunning firefly but for the ocean. And then they disappear just quick enough to make you question what you just saw.
Photographer Yume Cyan has been recasting the fireflies around Nagoya City, Japan, as fairy lights in a series of long-exposure photos. The momentary flashing of each bug becomes part of a bioluminescent trail it winds through the trees.
Can you imagine light that can glow without using electricity? That's what these researchers from Syracuse University are trying to create and they're using the bioluminescence of a firefly to make it happen. It means that perhaps sometime in the future, these firefly lights could replace LEDs and not need any power.
These stunning snapshots are from a series by Japanese photographer Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, who employed a variety of time-lapse techniques to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of fireflies in flight.
A couple of summers ago I came to a country house after dinner. It was a beautiful warm night and all the lights were off. We saw a weird glow behind the trees, from the distance. We knew there was an endless prairie.
For this week's Shooting Challenge, I asked you to photograph fireflies. But, in what I suspect was an issue with regional differences and a generally difficult challenge, we only received five submissions! All the same, our winner is suburban-surreal.
What kid didn't capture fireflies in a jar, hopelessly attempting to keep them alive by tossing in a few torn blades of grass? For this week's Shooting Challenge, you'll capture fireflies again, but this time, on camera.
Start a swarm of these DIY Firefly LEDs a-blinking, and they'll create a random pattern and blink an angry red. But after a few minutes, thanks to some clever microcontroller code and a light sensor, they'll soon all be blinking in sync with a nice, calming blue color. It's a neat bit of DIY electronics that's elegant…
Throw that lava lamp right out the window and stick this hi-tech piece of art on your wall. Fireflies, the brainchild of John Flear, uses a number of LEDs to simulate digital fireflies. The LEDs seem to flutter about, almost as if in Disney movie. What motivates the fireflies to move around is temperature: the LED…