Then there are the people like me lately who get for one night to think of the supernatural and the after life. All Soul’s Day is celebrated in the Catholic religion. I think of the possibility of immorality that our personality somehow lives on and takes over a new able body while our old body continues to get older and rot away. Yes that is a creepy thought but it is more spiritual than horrible. So, by not knowing much at all about a after life, I choose to dwell on the marvels of this life here and now. It is all I really know about and yet each day I learn something new and that makes a good fun day for me.
Ok maybe I am getting soft in my old age but deal with it. Every summer people pour into the forest just to see the little buggers. It has become a tourist attraction. They camp into the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee at Elkmont. It is an unstoppable migrating madness of people like the walking dead only these are very much alive people wanting to spend a night awake in the spooky dark woods at night. There are so many people migrating there that the National Park Service has to monitor them so this form of wild life doesn’t get too wild. Humans.
It all seems odd just sitting in a forest at night until the twinkling begins. In the pitch black, it is as if the stars had come to settle in the forest. Then there is a silent symphony of fireflies by the thousands. It is a sight you can not even capture on film. The contrast between the darkness and the brightness makes the place seem like it is breathing. The species there gathers in swarms and they all flash at once in tandem with each other. They are called Gatlinburg Synchronized Fireflies. They will all start at the same time and then flash randomly. Then they will all go off at the same time and all start over again. Who is the spooky bug orchestra leader?
No where in the western hemisphere is there a larger population of Synchronized Firefly. No one knows why they settle there. This is real. This is not some made up crappy story for Halloween. The firefly’s scientific name is Photinus Carolinus one of 19 known species. The firefly or lightning bug as we call them isn’t a fly or a bug. It is actually a beetle. There is almost no heat produced in the back portion of the body. It is 100% light. They are way more efficient than a light bulb.
The flashing light is all about getting a mate. These guys put the romance in the Twilight movies to shame. The males are flashing their light to the females. The females respond with a glow of their own. It is typical male behavior. My light is brighter than your light and the females do their best job to keep the glow alive. It is like a singles party. Males and females find each other in the dark. Besides, we all go to a haunted house so that a female will jump into our arms from fright. Our mating call. Enjoy your Halloween and for one night thrust yourself out of your usual comfort zone. The fire fly only live a matter of weeks. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy nature’s nightlife before the glow is gone for another year. Halloween comes only once a year too. The fire fly is not a man made spectacle, it is one of life’s mysteries that you just can’t explain better than seeing it. There are more than 2,000 species of fire fly. Not all of them glow. Find your glow tonight. Happy Halloween!