Photo: Lesser Goldfinch Settles in the Fiddlenecks

Goldfinch sitting on a plant

Mark Heatherington / Flickr

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.