In my mind, this photograph is the turtle dove to:
Tearing his eyes from the empty place in the sky where the sun had set, he stopped stumbling back by years and ran, vaulted through centuries. The letter he had torn in pieces lay on the morning air for an instant, was caught, spread up over the ground and blew away from him like a handful of white birds startled into the sky.
French botanist Jeanne Baret disguised herself as a man to join Louis Antoine de Bougainville’s expedition on the ships La Boudeuse and Étoile in the 1700s, acting as assistant to the expedition’s naturalist, Philibert Commerçon. She collected thousands of plants, including, in all likelihood, the first specimen of one of the world’s most beloved flowering plants — bougainvillea.