The Chestnut and Copper Bush

I am endlessly fascinated with this bush as it changes beautifully from one season to another. This day as I passed, I found fallen autumn leaves caught in its branches.

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Image © Hannah Keene

And a closeup:

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Image: © Hannah Keene

Posted for Tourmaline’s Color Your World: Chestnut and Copper.

Friday Flowers and Fuzzy Friends

It looks as though (sorry for the pun) bees have 2 eyes – the large ones that we see. These are the bee’s compound eyes that consist of many tiny lenses that piece together patterns that the bee sees, enabling it to recognize types of plants and other bees. However, the bee also has 3 additional eyes on the top of its head. These are called simple, or ocelli eyes. These eyes do not see patterns, but can see light. Or more importantly, these eyes see changes in light, which can alert the bee to predators flying overhead. If you look carefully, you can see one of these small ocelli eyes in the top photo; look at the large eye on your left, then look across the top of the bee’s forehead that has black coloring. At the inner tip of that, almost in the center of the forehead, you will see the leftmost oceilli eye as a very small dot. See it? Well done! You can also just barely see it in the second photo.*

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*Information from 5 fascinating facts about bee eyes from lensstore.co.uk.

Also posted for: Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fuzzy and Tourmaline’s Color Your World: Burnt Sienna.

 

Color Your World: Black (and a little bittersweet)

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Hannah Keene 2019

Here is my contribution to Jennifer Tourmaline’s challenge Color Your World. This week her color is Black, but last week her color was Bittersweet. I didn’t find time to contribute last week, but Bittersweet is one of my favorite colors. So I found a photo that contained both. Enjoy!