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Fireflies in the Smokey Mountains!

I just got back from an overnight trip to Elkmont Campground in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.  Every summer, early June, synchronized fireflies come out for a magical display! This is all a part of their mating season, although researchers aren’t exactly sure why they flash in sync.

It was a very quick, but beautiful overnight trip to the Smokies with my friend, Ky Delaney.  We were in insane traffic from Asheville to Canton, normally a 20 minute drive took us 1.5 hours.  We were getting anxious to get to the campsite so we would have daylight to seek out our firefly siting spot.  We ended up getting there in plenty of time to set up our hammocks and start our hike around the campground area to find a good spot.

Night photography is definitely a whole new world, but I was excited to give it a shot.  I got a couple that I thought looked pretty cool, but I definitely want to hone my skills before next summers trip to the Smokies to see this amazing firefly display!