Sunday, August 26, 2012

Photo of the day: A bee in the bloom

A bee in the bloom by The Bacher Family
A bee in the bloom, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

Here's a phot that could have been taken almost anywhere, but was, in fact, taken in the garden of our hosts on San Juan Island in Puget Sound. This was one of the first pictures I took at their place--I was attracted by the buzz of the bees and the beauty of the flowers, and took a whole series of pictures of both. When you're shooting something as small and as animated as a bee, you never know exactly what you're going to get, in terms of lighting, focus, and composition, because by the time you push the shutter, everything's different from what it was a fraction of a second ago when you composed the shot. This one's my favorite of the set, with a nice, crisp image of the bee in a nice position in the flower. You can even see the pollen stuck to the abdomen.

It's fun, looking at the whole series of pictures, to see just how limber these fellows are, reaching in odd angles with their six legs in ways that would make a master Yoga practicitioner envious.

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