Monday, July 26, 2010

Good Morning, Maple

I’m posting much later than usual today due to some minor technical difficulties. It seems that when I let my nephew use my digital camera for last week’s post, he went hog wild and used up all the battery power left in the camera.

I didn’t realize it until this morning when I tried to take this week’s photo of my tree. So the battery had to spend a few hours in the recharger—delaying my post.

The good news is that the wait was worth it. Taking a photo at 10:00 provided more light than usual, and I was able to see something I usually don’t: A leaf that looks like a luna moth. Well, sort of.




When I first looked up into the tree, I thought this leaf was a moth with its wings spread wide. But then I came to my senses. Luna moths are only active at night. During the day, they hide and rest.

A second look revealed the truth. Sunlight was illuminating this particular leaf beautifully—but the ones all around it and above it were considerably darker. How cool is that?

A closer view of the leaf showed that it’s had a hard life since it first unfurled in May.

It’s torn and it’s been damaged by all manner of creepy crawlies. But it has still managing to photosynthesize and provide plenty of food for the tree. What a little hero!

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