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Mac Photos stores your images in a Package folder. To have access to them you have to expand that package folder and copy the original images out and into some other folder that LR can access.
In Photos > Select images you want to export > Go to File > Export > choose Export or Export Originals. Follow the prompts in the dialog box to choose where to save your exports to. Once you've exported the files you can then import them into your Lightroom catalog.
This is it? There is no way to bring photos from Photos into Lightroom without going into Photos and exporting them to some file new, separate file structure? I feel like an idiot, too. Why is it SO hard and why can't an easy answer to this be readily available?
I've used these Adobe Products and their precursors for over 30 years and my re-entry into this software environment has been and continues to be incredibly frustrating for this one simple reason. I can't get my photos from my Apple computer into Lightroom for editing.