My Sunday Photo
A Bumble Bee Flower Riding
Opportunity / Noticing / Capturing
How lovely sharing about my pooping Bee / Wasp / Fly capture last week; I still can’t get over it and what I learnt from the experience. I also remain unsure about whether it’s a Bee, wasp, or fly though different people have told me which they believe it to be.
So this week, I’ve decided to share my picture of a flying insect whose identity isn’t a mystery. They seem to be ‘everywhere’ at the moment; wherever you have brightly coloured flowers at least. Indeed, I haven’t noticed so many Bumble Bees in my life.
Capturing pictures of bees is an interest that resulted from my desire to capture flying birds, and this came out of my intrigue with photographing movement.
I remember much earlier in Spring when the trees started blooming … standing beneath this tree at work … on my way home in the evenings … trying to take pictures of flying bees. I wasn’t as familiar with my camera settings then and the bees just moved too fast. I always walked away with blurred pictures and aching shoulders and neck; it was more important to get home to my toddler than waiting for the elusive shot I was after.
If only I knew that there will be plenty of and better opportunities later in the season, I wouldn’t have bothered with that tree.
I was on my way home from work when I noticed a few Bumble Bees on this lovely coloured flower. I quickly fished out my camera from my bag and snapped away from different angles; hoping that a few of them might be good shots.
In this one, it seemed it was clinging for dear life, but I know it wasn’t. The bees flew
bounced from petal to petal, taking what they could get from each one. It of course held on in the way that was essential for it to get what it was in each instance.
It’s intriguing how much you can see in a photograph compared to real-time sometimes. I couldn’t have seen the detail in the wings of these bees any other way in this situation.
My favourite of the pictures is this one where the bee seems to be riding the flower; looking at it made me smile and I hope it does you too.
It’s incredible to consider the important jobs these bees do just by eating; even more jaw dropping is the economic value of the resulting pollination of their flower hops.
How so much … affecting so many … is accomplished by the mundane act of eating!
Have you noticed all the Bumble bees around?
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