Thursday, August 30, 2012

Photo of the day: Beings of pure light

Beings of pure light by The Bacher Family
Beings of pure light, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
I love this photo of Chris inspecting a butterfly he's caught while participating in the Cascades Butterfly Survey at Mount Rainier National Park. It truly looks like he's caught something extraordinary, a being of pure light whose brilliance shines through his fingers. It's a bit of a metaphorical stretch, and yet butterflies, in many ways, really are benigs of light, riding the solar thermals as they fly from one sun-loving flower to another. The researchers treat them with careful reverence, not only for their pure beauty, but also for the stories they tell about changing climates and the fate of our world.

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