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Yellow Daisies (Bellis perennis) & Bumble Bee (Bombus spp.)

Sara Lee Arnovitz Nature Preserve, Xenia, Ohio

“Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.” - Michel de Montaigne

This was a very lucky image for me. Carefully handholding my camera with an extension tube mounted on, I took an image a split second before this of the yellow daisies without the bee. Without warning, this bumble bee flew right in for a few seconds to pollinate. Perhaps one of the better macro shots I've taken, I had to withstand intense sunlight and summer heat just to make this all happen. Swatting away bugs while holding still and being patient for some kind of "photographic magic" such as this to occur.

Don't get me wrong, this image turned out wonderfully. But if there's one thing I'd like to change, it would've been to have the bee facing towards the camera. When an animal or insect in this case is facing the viewer, preferably making eye contact, oftentimes the result is a connection and deeper appreciation for the subject. We are no better than these pollinators. Bees carry nectar and pollen around, this spreading seeds to help plants grow. Us humans enjoy honey and other products from the bees' design.

The bright midday sunlight worked on my favor here. The overarching yellow color theme here catches your eye as well as the complimentary background green foliage. Macro photography is a joy to work on and with enough patience and forethought, you will be rewarded with captivating photos.

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