Tag: fireflies

Hello, summer!

Hello, summer!
For most of us in Chicago, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer season, which lasts until Labor Day. It’s the season of farmers’ markets and festivals and outdoor events.  It seems every weekend there are block parties, yard sales, weddings and parties, too. It’s the season of al fresco dining, and concerts under the... Read more »

30 Days wild --Day 16

30 Days wild --Day  16
June 15, and still  light at 9 p.m.  The air is heavy and expectant. The leaves  sound like rain. Is that the sound of distant thunder?  In the garden, blinking lights.  The first fireflies of the season! By day, the firefly is an ordinary-looking insect.  But  in the evening, they become quite extraordinary.  They are... Read more »

Summer of the Dragonflies

Summer of the Dragonflies
It’s not every day that dragonflies make the news, but this summer in Chicago, dragonflies are  everywhere.  They have been front-page news at the Chicago Tribune.  You can read more about them here. Update–In case you don’t have time to read the articles, here’s what you need to know–Dragonflies don’t bite.  They do, however, eat... Read more »
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The Language of Fireflies

The Language of Fireflies
Fireflies are one of  the delights of summer, lighting up the evenings. Even though clouds hid the full moon (here, anyway) on Sunday, and for the past few nights, there were fireflies after the rain, flashing on and off  in the garden, the sound of traffic like a river in the distance. Indeed there is... Read more »