Locals tell me that their numbers have decreased dramatically over the years, that previously they flew in their thousands in any one place at a time. That may be true, and this year there are fewer than usual (the strange weather?), but we feel lucky that they are still with us.
Yet it is a shame to reduce our yearly ballet of fairy lights to a scientific explanation.
You really just need to go out after dark
to quietly enjoy the show.
Have a look at this short film which manages to render the idea fairly well and has the added bonus of a nightingale singing as its soundtrack.
During my search for information on fireflies I came across this little song called Fireflies which although annoyingly electronic, is nonetheless quite catchy and pretty. The opening bars create an acoustic image of the fireflies'
flickering, erratic flight
While fireflies are impossibly difficult to capture in a photograph, at least with the technology available at Le Ripe, I have availed myself of some images from the internet which closely resemble the scene we enjoy each year around Le Ripe.