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Translucent Color in Patterns in Flight

Have you ever walked outside in the fall and looked up at golden leaves that glowed as the sun shone through them?  Has the similarity of these natural foliage and stained glass ever struck you?  Butterflies wings can have the same effect on light when the creatures fly in-between you and the light source.  These natural sources, leaves and wings, do not color the light and create a pattern on the floor, but they do seem to glow, suspended in the sky.