Gaudy sphinx, Park Urugua-i,
Mystical and a master of disguise,
the moth flies blindly at night fol-
lowing the moon. Even at the risk of
losing its life, it is ever-vigilant in fol-
lowing the path of light. It teaches us
about perseverance but also reminds
us to keep our own vigilance and not
fall victim to blind faith.
Southern elephant seal, Punta Norte, Peninsula Valdes, Argentina, 2009
Sleek and patient, the seal “swims” (or moves) in the same manner both below and above
the water. He teaches us how to go with the flow and feel at home in our own bodies. With
his internal ears, the seal calls us to look inward to find our inner voice and self.