‘camouflage’ (clearwing moth) — Nena Black

I discovered this beautiful clearwing moth in a bed of old peat moss and dried leaves, quite effectively camouflaged from nearby predators — two persistent sparrows that fluttered about for several minutes until losing sight of their potential afternoon meal. I was thrilled at the opportunity to photograph such a lovely creature. Even though I was a potential threat, it laid perfectly still all the while, probably far more afraid of the birds that might still be looming than of me. My experience with this moth made me ponder the notion of camouflage… Sometimes blending in and laying low to observe and assess one’s surroundings serves as a good strategy. There is power in such vantage and stillness.

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words / image © 2017 Nena Black


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  1. Great perspective, Nena . . . right in line with Ted Shawn’s book Animal Speak. Aside from that, I see text and accompanying image as more powerful than the sum of their 2 parts. Your last poem with the ocean image was utter bliss

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    1. You are so thoughtful, dear Mickey… I love the Ted Shawn reference. As far as pairing images w/ words, I see this as the portal I’m veering through as an artist, one that opens more clearly to those who see into it as you do. I am grateful for your perspective and appreciation. xx

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