Animals Wildlife Photo: Lesser Goldfinch Settles in the Fiddlenecks By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 Mark Heatherington / Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Our photo of the day comes from Emigrant Lake, Oregon. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity," observed the Roman philosopher, Seneca. And this perfectly framed photo by Mark Heatherington serves as a concise illustration of where luck and skill collide. Mark writes: "Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria). This scene caught my eye with the bright light on the Fiddleneck flowers against the dark slope with Purple Vetch. As I was changing settings, this kind Goldfinch landed and began eating the Fiddleneck flowers." Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group.