Against the backdrop of a pale sky, at a moment when the blue turns into white owing to the scorching heat, the photographer skillfully captures a bird in profile, sitting on the branch of a Monkey Puzzle tree. Carefully balanced at the edge of the branch, the bird is a metaphor for stillness and solitude. The photograph exemplifies compositional strength along with a heightened sense for texture and symmetry. While the bird’s dark silhouette contrasts the light green of the tree, its needles are set off in stark detail against the pale backdrop. It makes us think about the wonders of nature, which never cease to surprise us.