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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
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A bee on a dandelion
A bee on a dandelion by Helen in Wales
A bee on a dandelion, a photo by Helen in Wales on Flickr.

18/52 for the group T189 alphabet challenge

The set theme was: I is for Insect

At last it's warm enough to tempt the bees out to forage.

Here's another photo of the same bee coming in to land on another flower.

A bee coming in to land

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athgarvan From: athgarvan Date: May 2nd, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I must check my fine crop of dandelions.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 2nd, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Today was the first day I was really aware of flying insects. It's good to see bees out and about again.
lil_shepherd From: lil_shepherd Date: May 2nd, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
That second photo is great! I know the difficulties with flying insects. (Dragonflies - meh!)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 2nd, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are my best insect photos to date. The flying bee was a total fluke because they are so fast that I missed several others landing and taking off. I have tried to photograph dragonflies in the past and the results weren't worth keeping. Thank goodness for digital photography and the delete button. :)
lil_shepherd From: lil_shepherd Date: May 2nd, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. the delete button is a wonderful thing. I have, I think, one good photo of a dragonfly on the wing, which was pure fluke, though I have a number of great ones of them at rest.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: May 2nd, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, especially if the flowers are moving too! (The other neat trick is using video mode if you have it.) I love the last photo with the bee's legs extended.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 3rd, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I went out yesterday morning, I thought I might have a problem with moving flowers. In the end I waited until after lunch when the wind had died down considerably and the bees were more numerous.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 3rd, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have video on the Canon PowerShot, but not on the DSLR. However, the DSLR's macro lens is the long lens so I can be several feet away from the flower and still get tiny creatures in focus. This is better than the PowerShot's macro which entails being a few inches from the subject!
aellia From: aellia Date: May 2nd, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Magnificent!!
Truly
x
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 3rd, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I've never really tried photographing insects before. They came out better than I hoped.
pennski From: pennski Date: May 2nd, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a lovely reminder that all flowers are beautiful to a bee!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 3rd, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed! In fact the dandelions seem to be providing food for the early foragers at a time when there isn't much else out.
asakiyume From: asakiyume Date: May 2nd, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful how the bee extends her feet like landing gear as she descends. Very beautiful photos.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 3rd, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know! I didn't know bees did that. They are too fast to see clearly with the naked eye.
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: May 3rd, 2013 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Bees scare me, but those are beautiful shots all the same.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 3rd, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never been stung by a bee and they don't bother me, but I am rather wary of wasps, especially in the autumn when they're starting to get slow and stupid, shortly before they die. :(
carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: May 3rd, 2013 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Great photos. I've found that the luck in photographing insects comes from persistence and settling on one spot rather than trying to follow each insect. And yes, the delete option is king. :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 3rd, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
The macro lens on the DSLR makes it somewhat easier. It's basically the long telephoto lens on macro setting, so you can be several feet away from the flower. The macro setting on the Canon PowerShot means that you have to be just a couple of inches from the subject. Absolutely fine for flowers, but not good when it's a living creature.
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