Happy Earth DAY!
This isn't about what we don't do, it's about what we CAN DO.
My tiny salute this year revolves around the Firefly.
I may not recycle as much as I should, I may leave the occasional light on wasting electricity when I know better there any manner of things I let
slip thru the cracks.
...But this isn't one of them. Fireflies...
My contribution is I don't use pesticides in my yard. As a result over the years something happened. I got more and more Fireflies. It will be be
starting soon. First you notice it as the "littles" hatch. Little tiny ones land on you while sitting outside. I place them back out into the garden,
they bumble around exploring the picnic table and the underneath of the patio umbrella. Tiny yet full of potential.
The real show comes in a few weeks. It starts slow with low fliers over the grass on my hill randomly flashing just before full dusk.
Next the numbers pick up. As we stay outside later and later the best show of the year comes to my small piece of the world. The Fireflies move from
being centered in the open spaces of the grass, to the trees. The ring of trees and grapevines up in the trees turn into a mosaic of light.
In the last few years I realize how special this is. Despite being frustrated about cut worms, ant invasions, paranoid about the deer ticks my deer
visitors are shedding like cat hair on a sofa, I just can't do it.
12. Their numbers are declining
If you’re seeing fewer fireflies each summer, you’re not alone. Anecdotal evidence suggests that firefly populations may be on the decline, most
likely due to a combination of light pollution, pesticide use and habitat destruction. For example, according to Smithsonian.com, if a field where
fireflies live is paved over, the fireflies don’t migrate to another field, they just disappear forever.
And indeed, a world without fireflies would be a very sad place. Give them a hand be ensuring that your garden is firefly friendly, for more
information see: How to attract fireflies to your backyard.
I can't nuke the yard with chemicals.
It's the Fireflies you see....what would happen to "the Littles"?
I simply can't face a summer without having the Little Black Baby Bumbles climbing on me while I take a break from lawn mowing and having a glass of
water deciding if bagging and dragging the clippings is worth it, while the radio
is chirping along in the background.
The antics of the Littles is both comical and enchanting, despite the sweat and odd annoying Wood Bee attacking the back porch. The climb with their
tiny antenna going a mile a minute! You place them back into the grass and a few seconds later Baby Bumble is back, no common sense, as it struggled
to fly high enough to land back on your wrist an run around in more circles.
So my salute is to the Firefly this Earth Day.
Not ragging on all the bad things that are going on, not bemoaning Monsanto and pissing on about plastic in the Pacific.
Looking at the good things instead and adding to them. Earth Day is a CELEBRATION!
The best thing about the Fireflies? Last year for the first time while watching the tree-light-show on my hill, across the road was a corresponding
flashing. They have spread to the field and wood line across the road and lit up those trees as well. For one magical week we watched them.
If you've read this far, thank you.
What do you do in your own way, in your own place?
edit on 21-4-2016 by Caver78 because: (no reason given)