Focusing On How A Butterfly Eats

A butterfly eats by extending its tongue like structure, called a proboscis, and using it like a straw to suck up liquid food such as nectar. It drinks water the same way. In the second photo, it would appear that the pollen covered proboscis might be headed toward the butterfly’s mouth to be consumed. I even assumed that to be the case. However, when I did some research, I discovered that what is on the outside of the proboscis is immaterial. The butterfly in the second photo is actually finished sucking up the nectar of that particular flower, and is, in fact, coiling its “tongue” back up into the resting position.


Hannah Keene 2019


Posted for Dutch Goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Focus.

Aren’t Psychedelics Grand?

Grand Psychedelics                                                                                                         Hannah Keene 2019

A typical shot of Grand Avenue (Oakland, California) starting from the Purple Fountain Grass plant of yesterday’s post, and looking up the street from there. (Look to the left side of the plant and you will see the hood of yesterday’s blue car.) An unremarkable shot in general, which I was about to delete, until I saw the Ragtag Daily Prompt of Psychedelic today. Then I realized that I could have a little fun and turn the unremarkable into WOW. I hope you agree.

Quite Why the Wasp Was There at All…..

…..perched on the steel netting over the balcony, I have no idea. Wasps aren’t generally found until you get up in the hills of Berkeley and Oakland. And they are definitely horrible pests if you are camping in the high Sierras and working with food. But I have never seen them down this low. We are basically at sea level. And what he was doing literally hanging out outside my window, I have no idea. I wasn’s cooking. But there he was, the perfect profile. I grabbed my non-macro (sigh) 200mm lens and camera, and took two shots. The first is the perfect profile that I captured first. The second is the cropped down version and also the version in which I really played around with color, light, etc to try to reveal as much of him as I could. I opened the glass door, took the shots, and then closed the door quickly in case the critter had any intention of coming inside. 30 minutes later, he was still there. Two hours later, he was gone. On to better pastures, I hope.


Hannah Keene 2019

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Just an Illusion Part 2

The big reveal of the Big Orange Bird. If you haven’t read yesterday’s post with the Big Orange Bird, you should do that first. The birds are in the shop window that was closest to me when I took the photo, although the back one in flight did not show in the original post. The green trunk and other display items are in the farther window. The rest of the things you saw in yesterday’s post were reflections. Or perhaps Just an Illusion.

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All Images: Hannah Keene 2019