Bee and Delphinium (6 flower petals + 1 bee= 7)

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedJuly 7, 2013
TakenJuly 7, 2013
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/200 sec at f/10
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length185 mm
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Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. Ecclesiastes 4:9

The bumble bee
Buzzes and hums
With responsibility
pollinating the delphiniums

The butterflies
Are now appearing
But are not interfering
with the bee of big size.
Poetry by me AJP

This big bumble bee has mostly been pollinating the delphiniums by itself outside of a few butterflies that are now showing up. They are later this year.

The bee is probably more aggressive because of the task at hand and several times flew
around my head in trying to steer me away but I finally got a shot of it in mid air. When it became feisty I just stood still and tried not to panic until it settled down:) The bee on the Marigold that I shot last year which I entered for the bee challenge was more gentle. This one is of a different species and it definitely was more challenging to capture..

I just realized there are 6 flower petals on the delphinium and with the bee makes 7 and will
enter this in the number 7 theme.

25 responses

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant   gave props (8 Jul 2013):


  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (8 Jul 2013):

    Well done!! This one deserves to be framed!

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (8 Jul 2013):

    cool shot

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (8 Jul 2013):

    Andrea, is there no limit to your talent? You worked "delphinium" into your verse! This wise bee is clearly the Oracle at Delphi(nium)!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (8 Jul 2013):

    Coming in for a landing! NICE catch!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (8 Jul 2013):

    Awesome capture of the bumble bee and the beautiful delphinium blooms!

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (9 Jul 2013):

    Well captured.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (9 Jul 2013):

    what a great shot.....

  • Maggie Posh

    Maggie Posh (Deleted) said (9 Jul 2013):

    Bees are never easy to Capture, but you have done a great job, well done Andrea

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (9 Jul 2013):

    Fantastic in flight!!! I finally got one too!!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (9 Jul 2013):

    an amazing shot! perfect timing and so much detail too!

  • Lew Harford

    Lew Harford   gave props (10 Jul 2013):

    This is nice.


    ROCIO GUILLEN   gave props (10 Jul 2013):

    Well done!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson   gave props (10 Jul 2013):

    An amazing capture.

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (10 Jul 2013):

    This image has it all.. the tones and detail are incredible!!

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (11 Jul 2013):

    Perfect capture of that fuzzy bottom !

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (11 Jul 2013):

    An incredible capture of this bee in flight!! Well done as always!!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck   gave props (11 Jul 2013):

    Fantastic shot! Love how close you got and what timing!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley   gave props (12 Jul 2013):

    An unusual mid air capture!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer   gave props (12 Jul 2013):

    Buzz-worthy to the max! Most excellent capture

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (16 Jul 2013):

    Wonderful capture with the bee still in the air!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (18 Jul 2013):

    Thank you all so much for your comments and thank you Aaron for including the link to
    the delightful poem...I loved it.

  • Rob Linsalata

    Rob Linsalata   gave props (10 Aug 2013):

    Wow! – What a fantastic shot!!

  • Thomas Bertin

    Thomas Bertin said (21 Aug 2013):


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