Robert Capa, the combat photographer said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” In nature photography, when we can get close to our subject, the question should be asked how close is too close. Consider whether it is important to know and understand what is seen. Often with macro gear we can get so close that all context is lost and all we have is the subject. Intent is important in photography. I like my photographs to be interesting and I will always tend towards the artistic and not the scientific, be it birds or bees. How close is a matter of taste but it might be worthwhile thinking about context, and your choices about distance and perspective adding to the impact of your subject and creating an image. Ansel Adams is quoted as saying “Great photos aren’t taken, they’re made.” I agree and how close is one of the choices to take in making a photograph. These are two different photographs of the same bee.