Fun shot and kind of rare in that there’s not much in the foreground that’s out of focus. Cute face and the one coming in from the left with her tongue out is a nice touch. Grinding through winter, looking forward to the bees again. It’s cold!
Up the Lavender
This one delights me. Might not be stellar art, but the lines and lights and darks and focus are just fun. And it’s a good look at her, too. From October – that rebloom I mentioned a while ago.
Profile on the Lavender
For some reason, I really like the profile shots like this one in which they’re hanging off the flowers. I shoot so many bees during the summer (literally thousands of pics a day on some days) that the shapes and attitudes of their bodies become familiar to me. This is one of the best in my mind. And the lavender is just fantastic because it is.
Two too Messy on the Lavender
The background is a fun disaster. Not the bokeh of creamy legend for sure, but I do like the glarey orb-ish stuff in the background. It’s frowned upon by photographers, generally, to have those light orbs in the photos, but I usually like them. They’re an artifact of light and physics and lens…and I think they often belong. And sometimes enhance. Here they’re messy. But still…
Beeface in the Lavender
Blasty light again. But the bee is great. Love that little face. This one’s from June, too. The lavender usually blooms hard toward the end of June, lasts a few weeks, and then quits making blossoms. Some of the plants, though, fire again and this year there were a few that were making blossoms and throwing pollen all the way up to the first frost. Truly one of my favorites.
Wild one with Lavender
The light is kind of a mess in this one with the shadows – but the bee looks great. And the background is pretty wild. This one’s from June of this year. Summertime riot of color and life. Can’t wait for that again. We’re nearing the shortest day…and it gets better from there.
Twofer in the Lavender
This was kind of interesting. Twisted around a good bit to see if I could get both faces in the focal plane. The butterfly is admittedly a bit behind, but both tongues seem to be in the right spot. Kind of a neat shot in the drizzle this afternoon.
Been Waiting a While…Lavender
Wasn’t able to look for bees the past couple of days (art festival interfered), but today one lavender had a couple of bees. Just starting to open. Here’s a great Hunt’s bumble. Check out that orange pollen – huge chunk of it. Absolutely didn’t come from the lavender and I’m really curious about it. Happy lavender day.
If it Quacks Like a Duck…
Normally, finding and posting a bee pic is a fun process. Sometimes I’m short on time and it gets a little harried, but normally it’s something I enjoy. Not sure what happened this morning, but everything seemed twisted and mired. I chose this one from June of 2020. It well could be from Young’s Living Farm, but something went wonky with the hard drive (yes, I have a backup) so there’s no way to tell in this moment. It has to be on lavender, no (seems to be quacking at me)? But there’s no white lavender in these gardens so it must be from somewhere else? Anyway, she’s cute and you get a bit of a look at her neck. And that “publish” button is mocking me and wants to be pressed. When you do something daily, some days end up being better than others. And some end up being weirder. Wonder what the upcoming hours will bring…
Bonus: A Moth…I Think
Super neat moth on the lavender. Or is it a butterfly? Looks like a moth. I should be able to distinguish. Going to Consult the Book of Knowledge. And will edit if I’m wrong.