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Male eastern firefly (Photinus pyralis) © Alex Wild

From: My best photographs of 2013

Source: Alex Wild

As a painter, one of the challenges I face is pushing the paint around until it resembles real life. On occasion, a photo does the same in reverse. This charming firefly seems to magically stand astride a pair of diarylide yellow paintbrush strokes in mid-air.

As part of his year end round-up, Alex Wild featured the nature and science photography of his readers on his blog, and there are treasures there. Don’t miss Compound Eye Readers’ Best Science and Nature Photographs of 2013.

Wild then turned it around and posted his own best images of 2013, including this firefly that grabbed my eye. Was another image from these two posts your pick for Image of the Week? Let us know below.

-Glendon Mellow

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How do we choose the Image of the Week?
Read the note below the image synopsis, here.

Glendon Mellow About the Author: Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at www.glendonmellow.com. Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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