June 16, 2013
Fireflies, Great Smoky Mountains
Photograph by Cheng Niu
Great Smoky Mountains is known for its synchronous fireflies each early summer. This year I spent three consecutive nights in early June staying in the mountain area trying to capture this phenomenon. I was so lucky to witness a spectacular light show on an actual rainstorm night. I left my camera there for an 1.5-hour exposure. There were tens of thousands of fireflies dancing around using their light to paint the scene in front of me, and I was the only witness. They are amazing artists of Mother Nature.
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