All Kinds of News for June 07, 2017
Every summer the mountains of Western North Carolina welcome fireflies to the area, much like many other locations in the United States. The mountains, however, welcome a rare breed of fireflies that appear in several of the National Forest areas. They are known as the 'Blue Ghost Fireflies". The difference between the most well known fireflies and the Blue Ghost fireflies is the colors they illumnate the night with. These fireflies will glow in shades of both blue and green, and can glow for up to a minute. It is shared that the best place to view these fireflies is deep within the Appalachain forests, with spongy, leafy bottoms and nearby streams.
Scientists struggle with studying these fireflies because their appearance is so rare and limited to certain times within the summer. These fireflies make their appearance after sunset and are very hard to capture on camera, there are also a number of legends surrounding their origins. Red Oak Recovery recently planned a special weekend trip to the specific locations where these fireflies have been viewed, in hopes that staff and clients would be able to experience this phenomenon.
Red Oak Recovery's Adventure Program Manager, Nathan Gazaway, shared his personal experience with the Blue Ghost fireflies:
"It was a quiet summer night in the Trace Ridge area of the Pisgah National Forest and the group was just settling in for the evening. Just as the sun was setting, the group was introduced to a topic and were engaged in conversation, focused on the campfire that burned before them. Just as the group reached a focal point, we noticed that everyone's attention had shifted to something outside of the fire light. The forest and streams had become alive with the most vivid blue specs of light I had ever seen in the natural world. The blue ghost fireflies seemed to move to a song unheard, or perhaps, disregarded by humanity. This amazing array of lights existed with no input or interference by my hand. The fact that someting so remarkable could occur completely independent of me humbled my enormous ego and, for the first time in years, I could see the beauty in an imperfect world and in an imperfect life. In an imperfect situation, on an imperfect camping trip. Amongst a blue glow, I rolled out my pad to sleep and felt content. "
About Red Oak Recovery
Red Oak Recovery is located in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains, just north of Asheville, NC, and is the result of extensive experience and research for developing highly effective programming to create a foundation of long-term recovery for young adults. The program uniquely blends quality clinical care, adventure therapy, experiential therapy, 12-step work and social skills development to create positive, and lasting change.