Place: Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri
Date: September 9, 2015
Time: Noon – 1:30 PM
The first thing I found to photograph when I entered the garden was a shield or stink bug exploring the edges of his world.
I like the bug’s shadow in this photo.
This bee had to open up the petals of the flower to get in and out of the area where the pollen was. The petals were like big thick blankets that folded over and completely closed up when the bee entered.
The next five photos are of a carpenter bee who let me get as close as I wanted as he worked a couple of flowers. I’ve said this before but I find carpenter bees hard to photograph. Their abdomens are like black holes. It seems as though light photons hit them and get swallowed up with no reflection back for the camera. This day was different. I managed to get pictures showing all the bee parts and not just a black smudge.
For this one and the next one I used the camera’s built in flash.
Back to no flash with some high key processing similar to the first carpenter bee photo.
Again no flash but also no high key processing; trying to keep it more natural. I’m not sure what this bee is doing other than hanging on for dear life.
The title has #1 in it so yes you can expect more photos from this trip.
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