The bumblebees are out in force here in SW Virginia, and their opportunities for various sorts of flowers from which to draw sustenance are great. The main problem for us photographers is to be able to find one or two actually feeding and to have them stay still long enough to make an image. In this case the little guy decided to rummage beneath the flowers, tunneling his way along so that all I could see was the movement of the bright flower petals to know he was there. But eventually he surfaced and took this pose, which he kept until just after I snapped the shutter and then he was gone. But, patience paid off and I got my photo. This is the way it is many times with photography…you have to be patient. Click the image to see more detail.
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I was lucky to spot this Bumblebee feeding on one of the last flowering plants in our yard, and after taking many photos of it from various angles, I finally got two I liked. The shine on the wings in the first image was what I was looking for, and in the second my objective was to get its eyes as a primary aspect of the composition. The bee was very cooperative and stayed on the flower for a long time, giving me the opportunity to make these two images.
We have lots of deer wandering through our back yard every day…and probably all through the night. They have no predators so they thrive, and in fact become nothing more than pests…to me anyway. But, the youngster’s spots are nice to look at. This was a “grab camera and shoot” shot, so it’s not the best focused. Still, it’s worth posting, so here you are!
This mallard duck lives temporarily in Greensboro, North Carolina and is wintering over. However, with the warmer than normal weather we had last December and so far this month, I suspect the old bird is somewhat confused about exactly what season it really is. I love making photos of birds, and if all goes well I have a planned trip to Florida in March 2012 to capture lots of images of various shore birds on their migration northward. More on that later.