Fun Friday … From the Vault

Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from the “vault”, and features a wonderful, Green Metallic Bee that is busy pollinating one of my favorite prairie wildflowers … the Spiderwort. I have been away from blogging for about a week, due to a very hectic schedule.  Last weekend I had a booth in the Stillwater Art Show (Stillwater, OK), which was my third straight year in that wonderful show. Met some awesome people and sold a lot of my artwork there … already looking ahead to their 2018 show!

As soon as the show ended on Sunday, I packed up and made the long drive back, reaching home at 1:00am. After a morning of volunteer work, I unloaded the truck, did the laundry, and began packing for my next encounter with nature … photographing the wonderful waterfalls and wildflowers of Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, where I will be in a few hours, through next week. So, after getting the aforementioned chores done, and settling in my house-sitter for my away time, I was off for Oregon! I’m still behind on e-mails, so if you have one in to me, I’ll try to get caught up soon! I may or may not publish posts this coming week, depending on how much time I can “create”. But I’ll certainly be posting on a regular basis again, the following week.  :o)

Regarding today’s post, using a macro lens and tripod, I was able to get quite close to this busy little guy; he was so engrossed with his job of pollinating, that he paid little attention to me. Here are a few of my favorite images of the little guy as he worked:

Green Metallic Bee on Spiderwort wildflower

Green Metallic Bee on Spiderwort wildflower

Green Metallic Bee on Spiderwort wildflower

I just love the brilliant, emerald green sheen of the bee, sprinkled with a bit of yellow pollen “dust”. An indicator he is as “busy as a bee” :o) Can’t wait for our summer wildflowers to begin blooming so I can capture more small prairie critters!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/6.3
  • Shutter 1/250 sec. and 1/320 sec.



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