Normally, I prefer shots that show the eye. Seems to us humans that if the eye is in focus, the pic is in focus. Not sure I want to try to explain, but it just is. But sometimes, you get what you get with the bees. Kind of a neat shot.
Two things to notice: First, beeneck. Tickles me every time I get that little bit of white. Seems so small, compared to the rest of the creature. Second, notice the focus on the pollen in the bottom of the shot. The pollen coats the entire inside, but is only in focus for 2-3mm in the shot. Fortunately, mostly in the plane that the be occupies. I’ve better examples of it, but again, it’s illustrative of the shallow, shallow focal plane.
I think this is Rozanne. One of my very favorites. Attracts not only the honeybees but tons of other pollinators as well. And blooms from early until forever, it seems. A little pushy, but with a name like Rozanne…??
This looks like a sweat bee, but I don’t think the sweat bees have furry legs. So I’m thinking it’s something else. Shot this one in August of last year at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City. Good start!
This one is covered in pollen – and gorgeous. Lots in the dandelions today (yesterday, I guess), again. I’ve noticed no decline in the number of honeybees around and I’m told that within two weeks after a swarm, the hive will be near full again. Amazing. And enjoy!
I cannot tell you how small this bee is. It’s on an anemone, but even that doesn’t tell you much. So…have a look at this:
That’s a US dime. For those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s just a bit less than 18mm in diameter. The coin covers the yellow part of the blossom with room to spare. Sorry that the light on the two shots is different. I shot the second later in the day – same flower but in the shade.
But that doesn’t detract from the scale. That bee is so small. Probably as long as the ERTY on the dime. If that.
Anyway, cute, beautiful and all the rest. And tiny. Sometime this summer, I’ll put a dime to a monster bumble for comparison. Love them all…
My mail carrier (package delivery on a Sunday?) asked me if I’d “shot today’s bee yet…” I almost felt bad explaining that today’s posted bee came from sometime last summer. So…
Here’s a bonus bee straight out of the camera unprocessed apart from the strange crop. Posted even as the SD card continues to copy to the computer. I think it’s a fun shot and you really get a good look at anemone guts.