As soon as I read today’s prompt of glimmer, the glow-worm ear worm began.
There’s a Mills Brothers song that starts “Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer”. I learned it as a child. Later, Dr. Pepper soda co-opted the melody for an ad: “Not a cola or a root beer, but a delightful drink that you’ll cheer”.
These two different verses have amalgamated in my mind today and snippets of the melody recur frequently. It was quite the accompaniment to my swim this morning.
And then there are the actual glow worms, none of which are actually worms. In the US, glow worm is another name for what are more commonly known as fireflies. They are magical flying about, glowing on warm summer evening.
Next are the New Zealand glow-worms. These glow worms are the larvae of a species of fly. They are often found in moist caves. We visited a glow worm cave when in New Zealand, and it was a somewhat eerie experience, seeing these iridescent larvae, glowing in darkened caves. Todays photo is from one of those caves (not mine, from a tourist ad).
Both fireflies and the New Zealand glow worms are examples of bioluminescence, where a chemical reaction occurring within a living organism releases energy as light–the glow! There is something magical to me about an organism that can glow–a glimmer of possibilities arises–if that can happen, what else is out there?