Astro photography

Star Trails and Fireflies

Star Trails and Fireflies, June 23, 2014. Late on this early summer evening, just before midnight, I set up my camera on the road next to my rural home, and started a time-lapse sequence that lasted just over an hour and a half. This is firefly season where I live, and the photograph shows the activity that took place during the time sequence. The precise pattern of the star motion makes a contrasting background for the random flashes of the perching and flying fireflies.

Most of the fireflies here (greenish-yellow) are Photuris sp. along with flickering orange Pyractomena sp.

For a few weeks each summer the fireflies give us this visual treat. It's almost magical to see the landscape sparkling with light at midnight.

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Steve Irvine
484068 Cape Road
Georgian Bluffs, Ontario
Canada N0H 2T0
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