The very word conjures up many impressions. Delicate. One imagines the finest materials, the most superb of art, and utmost precision. Websters tell us: marked by fineness of structure, workmanship, or texture. No matter how hard we try to imitate Nature, we’ll never reach the level of delicacy we find there.
Small. shy, and perfect. A Roller displaying delicate colours
The lang, delicate hairs on this caterpillar are almost too frail to photograph
Almost too small to notice, these butterflies have survived over many centuries – showing us that something small and delicate isn’t something weak and insignificant.
Sometimes, delicate symmetry lasts a moment only
..and sometimes it defies the odds like this plover nest in the Kalahari
Delicate? It’s all around us – if we look carefully…