Spring is not here yet but some of my houseplants are announcing its arrival.
The first shot is of a Bougainvillea, which is a native plant of South America, present in Brazil, Peru and Argentina. Bougainvilleas are ornamental plants in areas with warm climates. I keep it inside because it is frost-sensitive.
I read an interesting fact about the plant. The first European to describe this plant was Philibert Commerçon, a botanist accompanying French Navy admiral and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville during his voyage of circumnavigation in 1789. There is a possibility that the first European to observe these plants was Jeanne Baré, Commerçon’s lover and assistant, who was an expert in botany; because she was not allowed on ship as a woman, she disguised herself as a man in order to make the journey (and thus became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe).
The second shot is a dead leaf of an orchid. While having breakfast, I watched when one leaf fell on the table. I noticed how the petals looked rough and detailed, as well as that was a very subtle reflection on the table.
I am joining Lens and Pens by Sally, who hosts each Monday the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge. Following the link you will learn all you need know about it.
The schedule theme for this week’s challenge is: Macro