Bumblebee On An Aster

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedOctober 8, 2011
TakenOctober 8, 2011
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D40X
Exposure1/200 sec at f/13
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode, Return light not detected
Focal Length300 mm
ISO400
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...Which labor among you..and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake...
I Thessalonians 5: 12-13

A bee moves faster
If there is still enough light
To pollinate the Aster,
But retires late at night.
Whilst sleeping upon the bed ...
Arms wrapped around the flower,
Could it be dreaming
About all the toil ahead?
Tho' highly esteeming,
The job requires long hours.

After the bee awakes,
To great length it belabors
Each good flower to love...
As does the Lord above...
The benefit of His labors,
Works for our own sakes.
Poetry by me, AJP

The asters were really thick with bees tonight but managed to get this one by itself and I used flash ...A few mornings ago I actually did see a bee sleeping on an aster and I thought it was dead at first but it moved just slightly.. While it was sleeping, it had its arms wrapped around the flower.

10 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (9 Oct 2011):

    The last line of your narrative is poetic in itself! This is a great portrait.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (9 Oct 2011):

    Thank you Donald for putting the bug (or bee in my ear:)...I decided to use the last line of my narrative but I revised my poetry to include it and worked it in.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (9 Oct 2011):

    This is outstanding, Andrea!!! The colors are awesome and the bee shows up very well! I love how you worked in about the bee sleeping in your poem : )

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (9 Oct 2011):

    Beautifully done, Andrea! A striking image!

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (9 Oct 2011):

    wow! great minds think alike? i have a similar photo just shot this weekend!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    Fantastic! I've been chasing bees all around the asters, then finally decided to just set up the tripod and focus on one flower and wait for a bee to land. I believe they landed on every other aster!!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    A fantastic macro! Mr. Bee stands out perfectly against the beautiful aster. Wonderful tones and detail here!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    This is so fantastic!!! The bees tend to slow down when the weather cools down. It is sad to see summer leaving but great for bee photography.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    a nice resting place for this little guy. love the purple!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    Love this series.

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