"Backroad in Sun and Shadow", oil, 6 x 4", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Backroad in Sun and Shadow”, oil, 6 x 4″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

There’s something magical about summer, whether it’s the longer days, rich greens, trips to the beach, or the smell after a thunderstorm.

The lightning bugs have been plentiful this year, whizzing around the yard at dusk, dancing little lights.

One of my favorite detours this time of year is a narrow little country backroad in Lower Richland. Right now it’s  a deep green tunnel full of intervals of light and shadow.

And then, just before the bend in the road, at the section where trees have been cut over on the right, there’s a sudden flood of light across the road and a small vista opens up.

I hope you’re having plenty of time this summer to enjoy the lightning bugs, or fireflies as they’re called elsewhere!