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Gary Holmes

Where Is the Nectar in This Thing?

A Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator) dropped in during a macro photo sesssion with a passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) that was blooming in our yard. It searched around the flower for several minutes, probing repeatedly as if it could not figure out where to find the nectar in this highly complex flower. The actual diameter of the flower, including tendrils, is about three inches. The plants were given the name Passionflower or Passion vine because the floral parts were once said to represent aspects of the Christian crucifixion story, sometimes referred to as the Passion. The 10 petal-like parts represent Jesus' disciples, excluding Peter and Judas; the 5 stamens the wounds Jesus received; the three knob-like stigmas the nails; the fringe the crown of thorns.
Gary Holmes, photographer: I am an opportunist photographer of nature, landscapes, abstract, and other found objects of interest. I prefer to capture the spontaneity of things and events as they are occurring, and rarely photograph staged subjects other than portraits. Although I have been a photographer for decades, I have only been posting them for others to see since about September 2012.

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