Long Exposure Photographs of Gold Fireflies In Japan

These stunning long exposure images of fireflies in forests near Maniwa, Okayama and Nagoya, Japan, by photographer Yume Cyan, remind us of works of art from fairytales we read as children, where dream-like visions swept us away to some foreign, distant land.

Cyan has been capturing the otherworldy shots by leaving the shutter open for about 30 seconds on his Canon 5D Mark III.

The f/2.8 aperture is what makes the fireflies closer to his lens blur into brilliant, glowing orbs. Each bioluminescent flash of the insects even resulted in dotted light trails that criss-cross the frame of the final composite shots.

Aren’t they gorgeous?!