I don’t really see myself as a photographer. I take lots of pictures, but I see my photos as more a matter of necessity than as any sort of artistic endeavor. Without photos, I would have no visual record of lots of cool plant stuff, and I’d have nothing to share with my readers at home. Therefore, I need to take them.
The only time this is not true is if there are insects, arachnids, or any other manner of invertebrates involved, as I definitely have a soft spot for bug photos. This is doubly true when the subject is a “beneficial” bug of some kind. A lazy bee took up residence in a marigold near the instant garden, and my natural response was to get as close as possible to it with my lens and start snapping photos before it flew off.
I’ve included just the mega closeup for now, which can be further enlarged for dramatic effect. I will probably post the regular photo later today.
The USDA’s gorgeous pamphlet on bees “Bee Basics” (PDF). It’s an educational piece on pollination, bee identification, and things you can do to help save bees. Btw, I’m head over heals for bees. I couldn’t believe it when I saw Michelle Obama’s bee hive on the lawn of the White House last weekend. Plenty to read about bees and climate change, HERE.