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A Black-tipped Orange Ichneumon Wasp (Ctenochares bicolorus) rests on a leaf by night. This state of rest that many insects fall into is not actually considered 'sleep' in the same manner as in humans. Rather, it is referred to as 'torpor', and is a period of decreased activity, with little response to external stimuli. The bright warning colouration of these beautiful insects also means they can rest in peace, since most would-be predators will be deterred by their colour.
I love my new home! Last night I was on a mountain on the edge of a zero light pollution zone, hoping to shoot the stars because the aurora prediction was low. As I was reading my book, I looked up and saw a long green line stretching across the sky, like a glowing cloud. I took a photo and it revealed that it was indeed the aurora borealis. Then all of a sudden the sky seemed to catch fire with yellow, green, and purple, and just like the movement of a wild flame, it danced so violently across the whole sky, so vivid and beautiful, like it was being painted with brush strokes. I've seen the aurora a few times before, but it has only been faint glowing skies. This was ridiculous! I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I didn't know it was possible to see them this defined and vibrant with the naked eye, or that they moved with such rapid motion. Almost too distracted to take photos, I imagined what the Sami, the indigenous peoples of northern Scandinavia, must have thought seeing such wild displays, like the heavens were falling down on earth. I've seen a lot of crazy things in my short life, but this was on a completely different level. Such a profound experience, I feel changed. It sounds weird but I truly feel like a different person. The wild land of Norway seems to make so much more sense with the northern lights blazing above it. Please come visit you have to see this! #nightimages#night_images#special_shots#nature_brilliance#main_vision#nature_perfection#exclusive_shots#landscape_captures#neverstopexploring#getoutstayout#outside_project#theoutbound#theglobewanderer#awesomeearth#natgeotravelpic#wildernessculture#canonfanphoto#canon_official#wildernessquest#rei1440project#withoutwalls#night_excl