It is September 1, 2015 in my blog timeline and I’m at Tower Grove Park. This is St. Louis’ 2nd largest park and I think this is my third time going here for photos. I went to the park with my 80-400mm telephoto zoom with the intent of getting shots of some dragonflies. Why a telephoto and not a macro for insect photos? I’ve been here before and my experiences have been that the majority of the dragonflies are found on the the lily and lotus plants in the little ponds around the east side of the large pond. At best they are three feet away which means I can’t use the macro function of my macro lens; instead I’d have to use it as a 105mm (157mm effectively) and lean out over the water. Instead I’ll use a real telephoto to get close ups and avoid the water hazard.
Normally I show the photos in the order taken but sometimes I’ll group them by subject for multiple posts. That’s what I’m going to do with this and the other posts. The groups and order of appearance are: bees, lotus & water lily plants, dragonflies, and ducks. Below are the bees.
I would say with certainty that these are all carpenter bees but the abdomens on the first four are shiny brown rather than the shiny black I’m used to seeing. At first I thought I might have done a tweak somewhere in post processing that altered the color a bit but I checked the raw files and they are brown too. Maybe these aren’t carpenter bees but are bald bumble bees, or maybe I’ve discovered a new species.
The bees in this next set of photos have the shiny black body characteristic of a carpenter bee.
If anyone can tell me what type of flowers these are in these last five photos I’d appreciate knowing. They grow right at the water’s edge.
Thank you for stopping by. Next week it will be the lotus and water lily plants.