A light in a darkJuly 28, 2013
WE had only clambered into a small vessel from a jetty of a Firefly Park in Kuala Selangor (also famous as Kelip-Kelip Kampung Kuantan), and a boatman was holding us out on a stream to observe a fireflies.
There we were, sitting in a dim and being lulled by a tranquil sounds of lapping H2O all around, when hundreds of intense dots of light seemed out of a darkness. It seemed as yet a whole firefly cluster during a park had come out to play.
They were perched on or hovering around a mangrove trees along possibly side of a murky stream bank. In this area, a Pteroptyx tener class is king. It is among those that rehearse synchronised flashing.
The boatman easily manoeuvred his boat, weaving in and out among a tree branches that hung over a water, to give us a improved perspective of these dancing lights. The fireflies drifted lazily over tree branches and leaves, intense a comfortable yellow opposite a night sky.
Yes, a knowledge on a Selangor stream that night was surreal. It felt like Christmas came early this year.