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Sunflower with tiny bees and beetle



This is one of my small sunflowers. It would be covered by tiny bees that were working away gathering pollen. A beetle was also visiting....
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This is one of my small sunflowers. It would be covered by tiny bees that were working away gathering pollen. A beetle was also visiting.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in my backyard garden.
Time
This was taken in the afternoon. I raise monarchs so I am always checking out my milkweed plants for eggs. As I walked around I was amazed to see these tiny bees on one of my small sunflowers. They were so busy and their saddlebags were full of bright yellow pollen. I ran into the house, grabbed my camera, and started shooting them. I am hoping that they will return this summer. They were so much fun to watch.
Lighting
The sun was out allowing the sunflower and all the yellows to glow. It was magical.
Equipment
I try to always have my iPhone in my pocket. For this photo, I used my phone because I could get close enough to take a burst of photos. This gives me the best chance to capture them without disturbing them. I also use an NX100 Samsung, tripod, and macro lens.
Inspiration
My grandson got me started raising monarch butterflies. This will be my 4th summer. As I looked for eggs, and tiny caterpillars I noticed a lot of activity around the small sunflowers. I got up and could not believe that they were covered with these tiny bees. I had my iPhone with me and took at least twenty photos: singles and bursts. I wanted to share the golden glow of the bees, the sunflower, and the day. I am so lucky to be surrounded by flowers and other creatures. I never know what I will find in the garden. I have discovered these tiny bees, hummingbird moths, and 3-inch long black oil beetles. Keep a phone or camera in your pocket. I know too well that if I have to run to grab my camera, the subject I want to shoot has either flown or crawled away.
Editing
Cropping and a little adjustment to the levels was all it needed.
In my camera bag
I keep a set of macro lenses, charger, extra camera battery, and a Samsung NX100 50-200 mm OIS telephoto lens. I keep a standard 20-50 mm Samsung NX lens on my camera.
Feedback
Grow a garden, add a birdbath, some milkweed, and anything you think is beautiful. Move quietly, have access to a chair, small table, and the time to sit and take it all in. You will be amazed by what will come to you and your plants.

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