The Unexpected Guest

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© Andrea Petersen

Photo license: © All rights reserved

...As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.. Psalm 104: 3

The sun was was still shining brightly at 6:00 PM tonight. I used the umbrella for the purpose of shading, but there are still sections of this picture that are over exposed. The only reason why I didn't delete this image is because of the unexpected bee that joined me which I thought added interest..

It actually looks like I am shading the bee on the Zinnia with my umbrella.... .I thought I heard buzzing when I knelt for this self portrait but since I didn't move or act alarmed, the sweet little bee kept on pollinating the Zinnia behind my shoulder.. and I didn't get stung. Maybe it was the same bee that I shot yesterday resting underneath the Hollyhock.

Who we are among,
Could be a friend
To join us in the light,
We might also get stung
As we take nervous flight...
Right after the camera
Records our painful grin...
This little bee on the Zinnia
Did not abuse his powers,
But kept on working after hours.
Poetry by me, AJP

13 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    I, for one, like the uneven lighting...makes it look more realistic!! Lovely portrait. That bee is trying to steal to upstage you! LOL

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    This is wonderful, Andrea! I would love the SP anyway, but the bee adds a very charming touch.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    That little bee is going to demand "overtime." Quite a lovely photo, Andrea.

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    Richard is right - lovely!

  • Jan Sluimer

    Jan Sluimer (Deleted) gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    nice portrait

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    wonderful sp...love the juxtaposition of the flowers on your dress to the flowers in the garden

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (20 Aug 2011):

    I like the contrast in the lighting, too. Plus the POV. Lovely, SP.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (20 Aug 2011):

    I agree with Don, I like uneven lighting also. It not only looks realistic, it looks artistic. This is a beautiful SP of you : )

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (20 Aug 2011):

    Thank you everyone for your comments. I have grown to like this picture better than I first did...I sometimes critique my own work in looking more at the lighting than I do at the picture in its entirety..I did other self portraits that evening but
    this is the only one that showed the bee and that influenced my choice in
    keeping it.

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    This has such a lovely victorian look about it.. the lighting adds a nice element of contrast. Truly a lovely SP, Andrea!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    timeless and beautiful!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    Such a wonderful surprise! I think those moments are the ones that keep us grabbing our cameras. You look so victorian and pretty.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (24 Aug 2011):

    Surely you are superb !!!! Bice expression too!!! Umbrella and hat makes the photo nice!!!

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