The Firefly Forest is No More (at least as of today…)

After reading a comment here on my blog, I grabbed my cane (recent hip surgery) and headed out to see if it was true, if all of the houses and doors were in fact gone. I must report, with great regret and sadness, that all but the Little Owl Door are gone. Everything has been removed, and replaced with the silver stars that have shown up recently, all bearing inspirational messages much like those from the former sites. I am trying to see the inspiration, thinking perhaps a passing of the torch–or simply the end of a beautiful project?–but am as saddened by this presently as the rest of the people I met today on the trail, all wondering what had happened.

Here are the former sites as they were today:

The site of 12 Hollow Tree Lane:Image

ImageWhat remains at 51 Hollow Tree lane, below the star left hanging above where the house was.

Star at 51 Hollow Tree Lane

Star at 51 Hollow Tree Lane

 

Star at 64 Hollow Tree Lane

Star at 64 Hollow Tree Lane

 

ImageThe former site of 64 Hollow Tree Lane, the purple door tree with the “message board”.

The star message at the former "Blue Roof" house.

The star message at the former “Blue Roof” house.

 

What remains at the site of the Red Door, behind Deanna Rose.

What remains at the site of the Red Door, behind Deanna Rose.

The former site of the "Bamboo House".

The former site of the “Bamboo House”.

 

Where the "Stick House" was, with the hammock, behind Deanna Rose.

Where the “Stick House” was, with the hammock, behind Deanna Rose.

Apologies for the formatting of this post, WordPress is a bit twitchy today.

I guess we can all be thankful that something beautiful happened, even for a short time, here in Overland Park. It was a beauty to watch, and I hope that all of the kids never stop searching for those woodland creatures; keep dreaming, keep trying to catch a glimpse. The fireflies are still out there, tonight.

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2 thoughts on “The Firefly Forest is No More (at least as of today…)

  1. I’m SO sad! We just moved here and were excited to look at the houses in Firefly Forest. I took my baby for a walk and we only saw the bamboo house. Then the next day I took my son, who was home from school, and that was gone too! We JUST missed all of it!!! 😦

  2. As a runner on the trail I always looked forward to seeing what had popped in the homes-gnome, fairies or whoever lived there. My heart is broken knowing they are gone. My girls and I loved them so much and appreciated the work that was done in creating them. It always inspired us to create different ideas in our fairy garden. Ours was not as elaborate as the one on the trails that’s why we would sit and enjoy them. We will miss them terribly. Whoever is the creator of these beautiful homes know that our family will miss them and all the sweet little creatures all around. You are a creative soul! Don’t stop imagining!!

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