Insects

Another Bee in Flight

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Bees are like birds in flight, your speed, both shutter and reflexes need to be optimal. And the results can be worth it.


A Fly

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I am a sucker for insects even evil ones like flies.


A Bee

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My posts this week are all about not missing opportunities and trying new things. In this case it’s improving my bee in flight technique.


How the Fly met the Bee

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They studiously ignored one another.


American Lady

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They come by their name honestly. A lady wouldn’t flee a camera would she?


Mayfly

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I took this mayfly on some patio glass, the background is just great.


Ants Love Peonies

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I assume they look better like this than through the gardener’s eyes.


The Bees Are Hopping

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The bees are hopping. In and out of flowers sometimes in seconds.


Ant

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Ants love peonies and just before the flower blooms, they crawl all over the globe.


Cabbage White

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Sooner or later all butterflies stop for a moment and might take some efforts to hide. This cabbage white made itself as thin and still as possible. An interesting dorsal point of view.


On the Prowl

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Caught this one slinking along, looking for prey?


At Work

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Most of the bees I come across are so busy, the last thing they care about is me or my camera.


Painted Lady

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Found this on the lawn in front of a school. Nature’s beauty often knows the best place to be.


Jumping Spider (Three Photographs)

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They say you’re never very far from a spider. That does not mean they are easy to find or conveniently located. This one’s on the wall behind our bed. My wife called me to grab my gear and get a shot, the best of the best are here. For the record I captured him alive and released him on our balcony. Hopefully he’ll be back.


On a Broom Stick

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This is my favoured pose for a dragonfly, they look like they just might be flying a stick.


Swallowtail

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With butterflies it is sometimes hard to tell if they are in flight or not. Their wings say one thing and their proboscis another.


Sunflower Visit

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You could never call this a photo of a sunflower, though that was what I was after. The Japanese beetle photobombed my composition.

 


A Muscular Bee

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This bee struck me as fairly beefy as bees go. As usual it ignored me completely, but I still got a nice portrait eyes and all.


Cabbage White

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Every nature photography article I have ever read talks about the importance of eyes. When it comes to butterflies, frogs and other nature subjects, the eyes are amazing in color.


Excitement on the Trail

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All kinds of wonderful things happen in the forest, most unpredictable. But when a mating pair of dragonflies landed on my wife’s hat when she was taking a photo it was hard not to laugh!


Butterfly

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Overcast skies make for great soft light. But just like soft light in studio you lose a bit of brightness and detail. In addition, nature photographers have to deal with trees and shrubs blocking light. Challenging but fun.


Ad Astra

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What does the butterfly see when it stares at the sky. As insects go they have keen eyes, a sense of direction and ability to manoeuvre so it’s not an idle question.


Posed

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Dragonflies don’t pose, they stop like damselflies to soak up the sun which gives them energy for their next foray of hunting other insects. Usually their backs are to the sun. These two facts can help in photographing them. If your approach makes them fly away you were never going to get the shot, but if by moving forward slowly they remain still, you have a winner.


Bee

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This bee spent some time skimming along the edge of this group of flowers. Delicate, fast and energetically going about its business. I take bee shots with most of my lenses most recently with a 200-500 mm lens. The results are similar to using a 105mm with an extension tube, but the distance from the bee is more comfortable for both of us.