EarthDesk Sunday: Hummingbird Clearwing by Michelle D. Land

EarthDesk Sunday: Hummingbird Clearwing by Michelle D. Land

You have to be quick to capture a photo of a feeding Hummingbird Clearwing, as Professor Michelle D. Land learned when she grabbed this fleeting image for the blog Pace Takes New York, curated by Professor Michael Finewood. Often mistaken for a hummingbird due to its appearance and habits, the Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe) is in fact a moth that is widespread in North America, ranging from Alaska to Florida, including here in the Hudson Valley.

Qahatika Girl by Edward S. Curtis

Qahatika Girl by Edward S. Curtis

In this Thanksgiving season of loosely woven traditions about Native Americans, the photography of Edward Curtis is a welcome relief and “one of the most impressive historical records of Native American life at the beginning of the 20th century.”