January 24 ice 046

A grub in filth is dirty,

but it changes into a cicada

and sips dew in the autumn breeze.

Rotting plants have no luster,

but they turn into foxfire

and glow in the summer moonlight.

So we know that purity emerges from impurity,

and light is born from darkness.

Huanchu Daoren

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014