weekend reading :

are there fireflies where you live? I've only seen them a handful of times on summer vacations back East, and I think they are just the most magical creatures on planet earth. The quote above (from Neil Gaiman's Stardust) describes a shooting star falling over a forest, and I thought it was such a rich description. To me, fireflies always look like they're foolishly falling in love - lighting up and going out - over and over again. So, today's "weekend reading" is dedicated to the best bug around.

for the f i r e f l i e d 
  • catching fireflies in a jar ... fills me with childlike wonder just looking at it!
  • Yayoi Kasuma's mirror and light installation Fireflies on the Water
  • I have a secret/silly dream of wearing matching t-shirts on a camping trip with friends like you do at Summer sleepaway camp. I'd pick this one from Kin Ship Press.
  • jar + cut open glow sticks = fun project for a music festival
  • the Robert Frost poem Fireflies in the Garden has always spoken to me about confidence
"That though they never equal stars in size,
(and they were never really stars at heart)
Achieve at times a very star-like start"


  1. Is this Stardust the book that was also made into a movie? Because if so, it is one of my favorite movies. I may have to read the book now. I love all of these firefly stories. They fascinate me. :)

    1. yes! It's the first time I've read a book after seeing the movie ... but I wanted to read something by Gaiman and I saw that he wrote the "based-on". I love that movie too, isn't Michelle Pfeiffer just captivating in it?

  2. One of my favorite things about summer in the midwest/northernmost south that is Kentucky is watching the fireflies come out at twilight. The neighborhood we live in now is across from a historic site/nature preserve, and the fields twinkle every evening.

    I need to walk up there soon with my camera and do my utmost to get a few photos, though they'll never do the sight justice.

    1. even in the timelapse, I still have never seen a photo the captures the true magic of those little lightning bugs. it must be so wonderful to live among them, Katie. Thanks for sharing!

  3. we have electric blue fireflies in costa rica. they light up whole fields, and i promise myself i will never get used to this.

    1. Caitie, once when I lived in San Diego there was one of those blue bioluminescent algea blooms. Even though there's the sky (oh, that big huge thing?) there is something about blue that seems unnatural to me. I bet those fireflies are wild!


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