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  • Caroline

    en in various locations around Maniwa and Okayama Prefecture in Japan between 2008-2011 this brilliant series of photographs captures the wild frenzy of gold fireflies as they mate after thunderstorms during the June to July rainy season. Shot using a slow shutter speed, the neon green and yellow contrails seem almost digitally imposed on the scenic landscapes, but I assure you these are real. See them a bit larger here. (via polaroid dreams) By Christopher on December 30, 2011 • fireflies insects Japan nature photography You might also like... 1 elsewhere You should follow Colossal on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. You can also find great stuff on Designspiration, Stellar, Svpply, or the Colossal Flickr Pool. 2 supported by 3 popular tags art • design • photography • video • sculpture • installation • paper • illustration • posters • typography • music • books • wood • home • street art • animation • Chicago • architecture • birds • painting • furniture • lighting • advertising • maps • food • animals • drawing • infographics • packaging • fashion 4 search Search for: 5 friends & partners 6 advertising If you're interested in advertising on Colossal, please get in touch with Nectar Ads.

  • Naazi Ziyad

    This is a long exposure photo of fireflies in Okayama prefecture, Japan. Fireflies or Lampyridae are a family of insects within the order Coleoptera, aka; the Beetle family. Firlies exist on every continent in the world, except Antarctica, with about 2,000 species globally. With the exception of species that are active during the day, fireflies are bioluminescent organisms, which means that they produce their own light. -Jean Photo courtesy of:Tsuneaki Hiramatsu

  • Anne Black-Sinak

    Photograph: Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, Slow Shutter Fireflies. During a quiet night in rural Japan, photographer Tsuneaki Hiramatsu discovered a field and a forest aglow in a strange green light. Upon closer inspection, Hiramatsu saw thousands of fireflies illuminating the brush and the trees beyond.

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