Monday, February 12, 2007

In Darwin's Dreams

We all know what natural selection means, and how it is that all living things have come to be what they are.
We see the workings of natural selection in the flash of red on the wings of a Red-winged Blackbird, and are delighted by the dazzling diplays of male plumage.

And we know why this sapsucker's bill is a perfect shape for how it obtains food.

no story but this
everything that's come before
lives on in our cells

Happy 198th birthday, Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. Some people have an impact on the world long after their bones have turned to dust.

1. Top photo taken at Port Townsend Bay.
2. Red-winged blackbirds in our backyard.
3. Red-breasted sapsucker in the neighborhood.

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