Mating Calls

1 July 2014 18 Comments Home » Books | Art | Misc, Insects etc.

Over at Scientific American, photographer Alex Wild is
discussing some of the techniques used
to photograph fireflies. Link Link.

I’m knee-deep in fireflies every evening now,
working on my firefly book, which will be published in 2016.

I’m working with video as much as still imaging,
here’s a still from one of my videos.

A mating call heard in the secret compartment
between flashes, trembling wings
whisper the day’s end.

Firefly Mating Calls


  • Erica on Facebook said:

    Where are you taking your photos? I have so many fireflies over here. I’ve never seen so many!

  • Thomas on G+ said:

    Fantastic photo Rick, wonderful!

  • Maurice on Facebook said:

    I haven’t seen any yet. I’ll keep watching for them. I wrote a poem once “Waiting for the Fireflies.” And a band I’m in is called “The Fireflies.

  • Thomas on G+ said:

    Great image. Catching the light right is hard to do.

  • Erica on Facebook said:

    They love moist areas and lots of cover. I didn’t see many at all on the east side.

  • Michael on G+ said:

    Make light of it!

  • Levi on G+ said:

    This is incredible!

  • Manolo on Flickr said:

    The most amazing macro photographer, thanks Rick, you are a true artist, respect.

  • Nina on G+ said:

    Beautiful and mystical.

  • Ray on G+ said:


  • Turtle Mull on G+ said:

    Enchanting. 🙂

  • Anja on 500px said:

    Beautiful capture!

  • Susan on Facebook said:

    Fantastic. Never see fireflies in my yard in Toronto. I really miss that!

  • Diane said:

    You already know these fireflies light my fire! So spectacular.
    Beacons in the night. Can’t wait for the book, no doubt it will be an amazing collection, bringing warm summer nights to life with just a glance. Excellent shot here, Rick!

  • Rick said:

    Thanks Diane. Lots of fireflies here now.

  • Kameruchi on Jungle Dragon said:

    Magical! 🙂 This is a hard to get shot, now I’m curious about the technique you use! 😉 And a firefly book sounds quite interesting!

  • Archie on G+ said:

    Wonderful composition… enjoying your G+ gallery.

  • Jun on G+ said:

    Beautiful image and great shot.

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