There’s nothing like childlike wonder. He told us to go all over that map! But he wasn’t sure where we were
For 2 weeks every year the Photinus carolinus, also known as the Synchronous Firefly, will flash their lights in sync with others in their swarm as a mating ritual. The phenomenon is only viewable in North America at @greatsmokynps and @congareenps. We trekked up to Congaree today to put another NP stamp in our passport, do a little hiking on the 2.5 mile boardwalk, and view the fireflies. Such a sureal experience and definitely bucket list worthy. This video doesn’t do it justice. #congareenationalpark#synchronousfireflies#optoutside
Weeknight adventure: Synchronous Fireflies! If you are close to Congaree National Park, you should go see the magic- it ends this weekend. In addition to the Park visit we had a drive on the backroads of S.C. which included some interesting sites, dinner at a meat market/junk store/gas station/restaurant combo and boiled peanut roadside stand at 10pm. #mrbunkys#congareenationalpark#backroads#backroadsofsc
One of the most interesting parts of Congaree to me are these things called "knees" - pointy spires of wood sticking out of the ground around the cypress trees of the forest. These of course are then harvested and used as the spikes at the bottoms of pits in every video game. #YikesSpikes
Congaree is the only national park in SC. This floodplain features some of the tallest trees in the eastern US. Make sure to check the website before visiting if you want to hike the trails which are often flooded.
This weekend is the last weekend they have extended visitor hours for the #synchronousfireflies !
Took my best friend to see hundreds of lightning bugs tonight at Congaree National Park. Once a year hundreds of them do a synchronized lighting ritual which is for mating. It was seriously one of the most magical moments to watch...and to experience with my daughter. Seeing her face light up when the first few started twinkling made it all worth it! The last is a video. It was really hard to photograph, but you can at least see them lighting up. Take advantage of life’s special moments. Nature has a way of making us stop and appreciate the beauty in this world. #congareenationalpark#lightningbugs#momlife#exploreyourworld
e x p l o r e | We’re home sweet home after an extended weekend away in South Carolina. We spent a good portion of our weekend at the Congaree National Park. Like most National Parks, they leave you breathless in amazement. This park was no different. It’s the home of champion trees and an array of wildlife. Much like the South, the history here runs deep. We learned about loblolly pines and walked the 2.5 mile boardwalk that took us from the wetlands on the ground to high up in the canopy. Later that evening we returned for a firefly hike. Sychronous fireflies just so happen to be mating the weekend we were there. One by one they started to light up and before we knew it, we were surrounded by thousands! Definitely one of the coolest things we’ve ever experienced. Sadly, not even my fancy iPhone could capture such greatness. #findyourpark#congareenationalpark
It was fun and a learning experience! Saw fireflies, a huge spider, and and bioluminescence fungus. To capture the fireflies I had to set the ISO way up, so that is why the image looks noisy, (then I forgot to reset the camera for the spider ). The fire flies are the tiny dots mid photo on the first imgs. If you cannot see it but want to, turn your device brightness all the way up. While there, 2 people taught me some tricks. First lady advice me to use a lens with infinity focus (but I do not have one ). Second lady taught me about bulb mode where one can set the shutter for as long as it is clicked (but the park was about to close and Ryan didn't want to walk back without the glow sticks that were attached to the trail. Maybe next time I'll have a better img . These fireflies are synchronize during the time of mating. That spider, you cannot tell from the img, but it was huge and had baby spiders all over its back. Then the guy said, oh these woods are covered in them. Not a comforting statement after hiking through them with little to no light. #hiking#carolinas#congareenationalpark#fireflies
We are getting close to glow time here at Congaree for the evening! We are excited to have Mason and his friend from the Columbia Fireflies join us this evening! Did you know that our local baseball team is named for the synchronized fireflies that are out at the park right now? You can come out and see this amazing display of nature right now from 8 PM to 10 PM tonight and every night for the next week! .