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Crocus with a bee

Posted by
Michael Skorulski (Toronto, Canada) on 17 March 2008 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

My contribution to spring cheer. When I took this, there were so many bees flying around from the hives next door, I was ready to run.

PENTAX Optio A30 1/160 second F/3.4 ISO 64 55 mm (35mm equiv.)

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

After today's snow and cold temperatures, your contribution is very welcome.

17 Mar 2008 5:18am

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks so much, Michael.

dpm from Maalé, Maldives

thats amazing you can get so close to it
nicely done

17 Mar 2008 5:41am

@dpm: When they are busy, they don't sting. Thanks, dpm.

pLusOne from Cheonan, South Korea

it seems to me that you focused on the flower not a bee. but overall it's beautiful shot.

17 Mar 2008 5:58am

@pLusOne: Thank you, P1.

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

This is a fantastic capture Michael, I'm glad you braved the bees =D)


17 Mar 2008 6:05am

@drphoto: Thank you so much, Dan.

Elisa from Massachusetts, United States

great capture!! I like the colors and details!
beautiful contribution :)

17 Mar 2008 6:08am

@Elisa: Thank you very much, Elisa.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Wonderful, wonderful and clourful macro!!! Excellent focus and details! And that colour.....WOW!

17 Mar 2008 6:18am

@Japanalia: Thank you. I hoped you would like this, Gabriela. This is for everyone who loves flowers.

Rhys from Darlington, United Kingdom

superb nature macro. (that bee looks huge).

17 Mar 2008 6:39am

@Rhys: Actually a crocus is a rather small flower also. Thank you, Rhys.

vera from Philippines

like the framing and diagonal , very bright - jsut wait for the

17 Mar 2008 6:44am

@vera: Thank you, Vera. We really enjoy the honey too.

Saeed from Tehran, Iran

Very Nice shot. Lovely Color & great focus with Details :)

17 Mar 2008 6:48am

@Saeed: Thank you so much, Saeed.

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Excellent colors and nice closeup! Interesting flower too. Like the details of the bee's wings and the black hairs on his head... looks like he had a bad hairday "-)
Nice work

17 Mar 2008 7:01am

@Ina: Thanks, Ina. He certainly looks like he needs a new hairdresser. I'm glad you could pick out those details because the focus of the bee was a bit of a problem and I'm still not completely happy with it.

Kleos from Pune, India

Very scary and yet quite pleasing. In a way makes me feel glad I have never seen a bee up close... i.e. till today and now

17 Mar 2008 7:07am

@Kleos: They are actually very useful insects and only rarely sting anyone. Thanks so much, Kleos.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Superb moment caught...that's photography!

17 Mar 2008 8:50am

@Ana Lúcia: That's a great comment. Thank you, Ana Lúcia.

Paola Veneziani from Italy

wow beautiful macro!

17 Mar 2008 9:17am

@Paola Veneziani: Thank you, Paola.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Le crocus est en France la première fleur du printemps à sortir de terre. Et on voit aussi sur ta photo que ses petites feuilles vert tendre percent un tapis de feuilles mortes comme un symbole de la renaissance de la nature. Et l'abeille s'accroche au pistil de la fleur comme pour ne plus la quitter... Très bonne composition et couleurs éclatantes.

17 Mar 2008 9:19am

@Evelyne Dubos: Un excellent commentaire. Merci, Evelyn.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Excellent macro!

17 Mar 2008 9:48am

@Betty: Thank you, Betty.

TILALA from bordeaux, France

Spring is coming... This is evidence!

17 Mar 2008 9:59am

@TILALA: Yes. Very much so. Thank you, Marie.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

This is a really great photo!

17 Mar 2008 10:30am

@Viewfinder: Thank you, VF. I appreciate that.

chris chisu from Seattle, United States

The color is absolutely gorgeous. And the messaage is full of hope.

17 Mar 2008 10:31am

@chris chisu: Thank you, Chris.

Shaahin from Tehran, Iran

Great colors, and composition is good! I like it ;)

17 Mar 2008 10:49am

@Shaahin: Thank you, Shaahin.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

You're very thoughful, it's spectacular Michael :)

17 Mar 2008 11:04am

@Lorraine: The bee and I thank you, Lorraine. I feel uplifted by your comment and so happy that the bee didn't decide to test out his barb on me.

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Awesome colors... a busy bee!

17 Mar 2008 11:33am

@Sidney: Very much so. Thank you, Sidney.

Kerri from Blacksburg, United States

FABULOUS! Great colors!
I can't wait until the bees show up here....won't be much longer!

17 Mar 2008 12:17pm

@Kerri: You're right. Thank you, Kerri.

Tracey from Baltimore, United States

The detail is incredible. Wonderful work Michael! I feel a sneeze coming on just looking at all of that pollen!

17 Mar 2008 12:20pm

@Tracey: Yes, it is that season. thank you, Tracey.

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Sharpness, and textures.... great!

17 Mar 2008 12:58pm

@Earnest: Thank you, Earnest.

Teresa Durães from Montijo, Portugal

nice colors, great photo

17 Mar 2008 1:44pm

@Teresa Durães: Thank you, Teresa.

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

That's glorious. Great sense of scale from the bee!

17 Mar 2008 1:56pm

@Daroru: Thank you. Yes, the flower is actually small.

dillonpic from United States

Nice colors. i really like the bumble bee in this.

17 Mar 2008 1:57pm

@dillonpic: Thank you.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I am soooo ready to see views like these. Great lighting and detail!

17 Mar 2008 2:47pm

@Steven: Thank you, Steven. Signs of spring.

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Quebec, Canada

Excellent capture! For us this is at least 5 weeks away...

17 Mar 2008 3:06pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Thank you, Wolfgang. I remember the weather in Canada well.

lasiate from Philippines

ça y est ! elles sont de retour mais tu as un peu trop forcé sur la netteté au niveau de l'abeille.

17 Mar 2008 3:07pm

@lasiate: Oui. C'est possible. Merci.

Reza from Montreal, Canada

Beautiful colors.

17 Mar 2008 3:09pm

@Reza: Thank you, Reza.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Yes, it's absolutely great to see them coming back again! Hope the bee colonies will recover, because last year many of them died due to that not yet fully researched virus disease. Until now I just spotted a few bumblebees.

17 Mar 2008 3:20pm

@MadScientist: Yes, I hope they recover too. Thank you, MS.

givethemhell from Germany

The two bright violet crocus blossoms look attractive, Richard. No wonder that bees fell attracted to them.

17 Mar 2008 3:22pm

@givethemhell: yes, I agree. thank you, Eva.

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

Beautiful colors.

17 Mar 2008 3:25pm

@yiannis krikis: Thank you, Yiannis.

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Great picture! love the colors, a sunny shot! Thanks...

17 Mar 2008 3:59pm

@Sandrine: thank you, Sandrine.

Hoopand from Tehran, Iran

well! just perfect! lovely frame!

17 Mar 2008 5:13pm

@Hoopand: Many thanks, Hoopand.

alla from Toronto, Canada

ah, nice close-up! I'm still waiting for the spring here.

17 Mar 2008 5:20pm

@alla: Our spring will come and go for a while yet too. Thanks, Alla.

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Oh, Michael this is a fantastic close up, simply bursting with colour and detail.

17 Mar 2008 8:23pm

@MaryB: Thank you so much, Mary.

MJ from Delaware, United States

glad you didn't run... this is beautiful... and a little spring helps everyone.....

17 Mar 2008 8:34pm

@MJ: Thank you, MJ.

ManuelaR from Hainburg, Germany

Wonderful Michael!

17 Mar 2008 8:45pm

@ManuelaR: Many thanks, Manuela.

standley from brou-sur-chantereine, France

This is just splendid. Great lighting and details!

17 Mar 2008 8:59pm

@standley: Thank you so much, Standley.

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

This is really crisp and detailed . . the bees seem to be out and about early this year . . it is a lovely sight to see.

17 Mar 2008 9:05pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Many thanks, Ronnie. It is a lovely sight.

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

The harbringer of spring....what welcome colour you've brought with this great photo!

17 Mar 2008 10:30pm

@Ian Bramham: Thank you, Ian. I value your comment.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

An excellent bee shot here!

17 Mar 2008 10:43pm

@Craig: Thank you, Craig.

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

A beautiful shot, Michael…well worth the peril. Beautiful detail and crisp, clean color! Thanks for sharing the Spring cheer.

17 Mar 2008 11:21pm

@Ron: A pleasure, Ron. And thank you for your uplifting comment.

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

FANtastic capture!!

18 Mar 2008 12:37am

@amy: Thank you so much, Amy.

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

what a fantastic and brilliant capture,love the vibrant colours,purple is my fave:)

18 Mar 2008 1:58am

@tyan: Thank you, Tyan. Purple is at the top of my list too.

Rags from Plano, United States

Lovely image. I really dont know what we would do without bees! They are such an integral part of nature.

18 Mar 2008 4:02am

@Rags: I agree. thank you, Rags.

Eleftheria, 9 years old, from Athens, Greece

I love this too!
I will post some spring photos on the next few days!

18 Mar 2008 8:51pm

@Eleftheria, 9 years old,: I am so happy you like it. I look forward to seeing your photos. thank you, E9.

michelle from peoria, United States

what a stunning photo your brave nicley done my friend

19 Mar 2008 9:11pm

@michelle: Thanks so much, Michelle. I appreciate that.

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life from Provo, Utah, United States

Amazing photo!

25 Apr 2008 6:03am

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

This macro is fantastic... a very beautiful light, details... and angle...
In my garden, I have a special variety... not spring, but autumn crocuses...

24 Jun 2008 10:55am

@Francesc B.: They sound like a great flower. Thanks so much for the comment, Francesc.

PENTAX Optio A30
1/160 second
ISO 64
55 mm (35mm equiv.)