It’s time to spread the nicky510 word! Go for it. Your friends will thank you.
That's the kind of day it is so far. Looks like it won't be a bking day. Kind of a perfect day to visit the electronics aisle and see if there are any neat new gadgets to enhance my life. Like a cordless mouse … that could be a winner.
They may be on the decline but some honeybees are still on the job, seeking out new plants and new ecosystems, boldly going where no honeymeister has gone before!
Clearly this guy is intent on making honey mustard (mmm, honey mustard). This shot was taken in a field of wild mustard, a plant that covers the ground with wide swaths of bright yellow for a few weeks here in California. I think perhaps a future post will show this plant from a different perspective.
Bees really love wild mustard and if you stop by the blooms on any particular day and just stare blankly at the plants for a few seconds you'll register the bees flitting back and forth. The ones I've encountered never took the slightest notice of me – they just go about their business. I've taken some shots in the past with a telephoto (I'll show some one of these days on another post) but for this one I was able to get very up close and personal. I spent a few hours with my buzzy friends, going onto one knee in the mustard with my lens a few inches away, pulling back, kneeling again, swiveling around – I'm sure it looked weird to anyone looking on.
Photographing bees is actually not super easy for a few reasons. First, not all bees are good looking. Sounds weird but it's true. And not all the mustard is good looking – there'll be a dead leaf or an insect will have bitten off a chunk, or what have you. Finally, it's definitely photography of the "focus where you hope the bee will be and press the shutter the instant before you think he's going to take off to get there" school. The "in-focus" spot is VERY small (about the size of a bee, in fact) and the chances of the bee being there when you want him there are small as well. And, even if he's there, he's likely showing you his butt as he flies away, or has his eyes crossed, or something. And did I mention that he's usually not there at all? They take off pretty randomly and they move fast. The bottom line is that you definitely need some patience. But, then again, pretty much every other type of photography requires patience of one sort of another so no big deal.
Happily, this shot garnered some modest attention when it was shown in an art exhibit, to the extent that I've sold a few large scale art prints of it. It really does seems to resonate with a lot of people. So I offer my humble thank you to Buzzy for being at the right spot at the right time.