“Short” Things for the Solstice
Photo: Short-tailed Hawk / Everglades National Park / 24 February 2009
On this shortest day of a long and dark year, I bring you solstice greetings expressed in “short” things in nature.
Here you’ll find birds, a plant and a couple of dragonflies — all with shortness in their names. Only two butterflies in North America include “short” in their common names: Short-tailed Swallowtail and Short-tailed Skipper. I regret that I have yet to see either.
Even so, because butterflies were such a huge part of my year, I’ll bring you instead White-striped Longtail, which I photographed in Texas in February. Consider it a tribute to the longer days ahead.
Onward to the light.