If you are planning a trip to the Smoky Mountain areas of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Sevierville in the month of May or June, you won't want to miss this. Every year we have the Synchronous Fireflies that perform a great light show in the Smoky Mountains National Park. This particular specie is one of about 19 different species of firefly that can be found in the park. They are the only species in America that can synchronize their flashing pattern.
This event never peaks at the same time but history has told us that it will usually happen between the 2nd week in May to the 3rd week in June. It is impossible to predict the exact date at which this light show will be at its peak, but this is generally the time frame. This is a great experience for adults and children alike. Quite honestly, it is breathtaking.
Every year, my very dear friend Stacy Champagne (Pixdipity Photography) spends several nights in the park photographing this amazing event. Due to the nature of the environment and setting, this can be a very difficult task. I won't get into the details of how she captures all the fireflies in the fashion that she does, but it is pretty impressive. The photo below showcases her work and is a testament to how far we have come with photography, technology, and creativity.
For more information on these fireflies and what makes them
tick flash, visit the National Park Service website. To view more photos like this one, or to purchase prints, you can visit Pixpidity Photography.