My Sunday Photo
Pooping Bee / Wasp / Fly
Stopping / Checking / Snapping
It’s the turn of the bees this week; but a wasp won the pick. ‘What is she on about’, you might wonder. Well, I’d planned to share some of my recent bee captures with you; a change from my bird picture adventures. However, my unintended wasp shot can’t wait to be shared; it’s perhaps my most surprising picture to date.
I was walking home from work the other day, when I once again stopped at this gradually blooming rose tree in someone’s open front garden. I keep hoping those who own the garden don’t mind my regular stops to take pictures.
As I snapped away from different angles and distances, I noticed what I initially thought was a bee on one of the opening buds. I was however surprised that it was mostly still and not buzzing around. ‘Very strange’, I thought. However, I decided to take the opportunity to experiment with taking close shots of the flower and what was on it.
I really like macro photographs; they bring out so much beauty in what seems so minute. The ‘small’ becomes bigger and more noticeable in macro.
I clicked and zoomed, and clicked; until I reminded myself that I needed to get home to my lovely hubby and son. I was intrigued that the ‘bee’ hadn’t moved much; no flying at all … shocking but pleased with my captures.
I later shared the pictures with my husband on camera’s screen, and later asked him to view them with me on the computer. There it was; a round light brown dropping from the ‘bee’. I couldn’t believe it; I was so excited. It made me remember Purfylle’s #MySundayPhoto from last month, of a pooping bird in flight. ‘What a #MySundayPhoto this will make,’ I thought.
I concluded it was a wasp and not a bee, after some discussion with my hubby and google image search. I didn’t even know that wasps poop, until I saw my picture. Did you?
I saw a wasp relieving itself without knowing; I wonder if that’s why it didn’t move much whilst I was taking my pictures.
A life lesson in this?
The whole experience felt a bit like a metaphor.
It made me wonder how much goes on right in front of me that I don’t see, except I view it through a different spectacle.
I didn’t see the wasp in action with my eyes, I suppose I was not looking for it and perhaps it was too small for me to see. I didn’t see it through my camera’s lens though it was a close up shot; maybe because I was not expecting anything like to it to be happening. I didn’t see it until I viewed it on my desktop with its bigger screen.
What in my life right now requires a different medium through which it needs to be viewed, to really see all it is?
Is it a bee, wasp, or fly on the rose? – I’m still not sure.
A friend said it’s a fly but I don’t think so, especially when I look at the 3rd picture and compare it to another picture of a fly on a flower that I recently snapped. However, I’ve been reminded that there are different types of flies. O well, hopefully someone who definitely knows will clarify this ‘mystery’ at some point. 🙂
Have you taken any picture that turned out to have more character than you thought?
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