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A Soothing Firefly Time Lapse To Usher In Spring & Summer

By Kishore Sawh on April 20th 2014

I’m a bit of a Japan-o-phile. I’m highly interested in Japanese culture, and particularly their older culture and history. From my and family interest and study of martial arts, to food, and this seemingly infallible pursuit of perfection in whatever it is they pursue, Shinrin-Yoku is perhaps, one of my favorite practices stemming from Japanese culture. It means forest bathing, simply.

More closely it refers to the calming, soothing, and restorative effects that spending time alone in nature can provide. It’s said that stimuli in the modern world is harsh; from lights, to sounds, and every sensory experience in between. But those of nature; the rustling of leaves, twigs breaking under-foot, and natural lights, have a soothing effect on body and mind. The following time-lapse really sort of encapsulates that.

[REWIND: Macro Photography Of Butterfly Wings Are Mesmerizingly Beautiful]


Michingan-based photographer Vincent Brady has a fascination with fireflies, which he goes on to make the distinction that they aren’t flies at all, but beetles. Either way, his affection for them led him to make his first full blown time lapse. It uses long exposure shots as well as shorter ones and the effect is one of movement, and also of trails like you’d see in a long exposure star photo. It’s beautiful, and the nature of the beetles has the lights seemingly come from nowhere.





The video is a joint venture with Brady as photographer and his friends who provide the music, and I have to say the music was lovely a touch. The combination of the two really conjure up feelings of still summer nights, where the glow is from nature, and not from an LCD screen.

You can find more from Brady here on his site.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Fantastic video! As someone who was born and raised on the west coast, yet with family spread out all over the east coast, south and midwest, I was always fascinated by fireflies and I feel that I have barely even begun to see them with my own two eyes. Kinda like the aurora borealis- I’ve only really seen it in photography, and I’m dying to see it again in real life…


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