Magical Long-Exposure Firefly Pictures By Vincent Brady
Photographer Vincent Brady used long-exposure photography to reveal the beautiful luminous festivities of fireflies streaking through the darkness of the night. In these astonishing pictures, not only do we see these fireflies’ bright lights, we also see their movement trails, which make them look like dancing cosmic flower petals.
Brady took these otherworldly pictures over the summer of 2013 at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and at Grand Ledge, Michigan during humid nights, when fireflies are most likely to light up. These winged beetles use bioluminescence to attract their potential mates or prey. Their light, which is considered “cold” because it produces no warmth or infrared and ultraviolet radiation, is produced from their lower abdomen and can be yellow, green or even pale red.
“If your significant other ever says, ‘Honey, we need to spray the yard, we have a firefly problem.’ Break up, divorce, and get a restraining order right away!” advises Brady. “Fireflies just bless you with their presence, light up, make love, and call it a life.“