Macro Monday

Please forgive my absence in reading/liking/commenting on all of your posts. I have traveled with the local branch of my family (older daughter, son-in-law and two grandkids) three times in six weeks, and I’m still completely and utterly exhausted. We were away a total of a week and a half, all those trips added together. They were absolutely grand, but that’s more travel than I’ve done in over 4 years, and I’m having trouble recovering. I’d do all of it again in a heartbeat (and almost certainly will), but during this recovery period I’m having difficulty doing much of anything beyond keeping up with posting and the necessary tasks of life. I will get back to regular reading of blogs eventually, but in the meantime, know that you all are most definitely not forgotten.

Here is my post for Macro Monday with the hope that you all will find beauty in it. It is from the weekend that I rented the macro lens, and is a photo of some budding flowers of one of the Coleus plants on my balcony. Enjoy. 🙂

❤ Hannah

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Hannah Keene 2019

 

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.

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Hannah Keene 2019

 

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