Photo of the Day 24 August 2008

Orchid, Gurukula, India, 2002
Photograph by Frans Lanting
A pink orchid blooms in the dense rain forests of India's Western Ghats mountain range. Once linked by land, the Western Ghats and the island nation of Sri Lanka together make up a biodiversity hotspot—a place with threatened natural habitats that are rich in species, especially plants, that live nowhere else.