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Invasion of the purple pompom predators

Posted by
Michael Skorulski (Toronto, Canada) on 8 July 2008 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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PENTAX Optio A30 1/320 second F/2.8 ISO 64 38 mm (35mm equiv.)

Marion from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Michael this is just excellent. Do you think they were fighting over who got to feast on the purple pompoms or where they sharing? Wonderful composition and as usual great framing.

8 Jul 2008 5:27am

@Marion: I think sharing. Thanks for the fun comment, Marion.

saeed from ahwaz, Iran

Looks busy day for this predators!! great DoF and lovely bright colours! nicely done indeed!

8 Jul 2008 6:14am

@saeed: Thank you very much, Saeed.

Marie Le Corre from Voiron, France

A perfect macro for me

8 Jul 2008 6:23am

@Marie Le Corre: Thank you very much, Marie.

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

a wonderful macro Michael! such beautiful color and clear detail on the bees -- and as a bonus: 2 for the price of 1! :)

8 Jul 2008 6:29am

@dj.tigersprout: Yes, the bees were all around these flowers. I'm glad it turned out as well as it did with the bees buzzing around my ears and our dog tugging at his leash as I tried to focus. Thanks, Jaycee.

eddy from tehran, Iran

very sharp and vivid macro, great details

8 Jul 2008 7:39am

@eddy: Thanks very much, Eddy.

Shun from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Wow. What colors and details. Perfect for biology class :-)

8 Jul 2008 8:06am

@Shun: You are right. Thanks, Mirko.

Observing from Local, United Kingdom

Terrific Michael, it's an excellent macro of the busy bees gathering pollen.

8 Jul 2008 8:35am

@Observing: Thanks very much, Mike.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Such a good macro. The dof covering both the flower and the bees.

8 Jul 2008 9:31am

@António Pires: Thank you very much, António.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Impressive feeding moment.

8 Jul 2008 9:53am

@Ana Lúcia: Very much so. Thank you, Ana Lúcia.

Rui Silva from Leiria, Portugal

Fantastic. Perfect Macro. Excelent work.

8 Jul 2008 10:17am

@Rui Silva: Thank you, Rui.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wow, wonderful... enjoy very much the contrast in colours and textures!!

8 Jul 2008 10:20am

@hugo poon: Thank you, Hugo. I appreciate that.

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


8 Jul 2008 10:31am

@Stefan: Thank you, Stefan.

Helma from Tehran, Iran

Cool shot .. Great macro with nice colors .. well done !
thank you , michael !

8 Jul 2008 11:12am

@Helma: Thank you very much, Helma.

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

Gotta love that title! I love the colours.

8 Jul 2008 11:17am

@Margie: A kinda 50s monster movie title. Thanks, Margie.

Judy from Brooksville-Florida,, United States

You got yourself right up close and personal with those "predators" to get this macro shot.
It's truly beautiful!

8 Jul 2008 11:30am

@Judy: Thanks very much, Judy.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

First I OOOOed and AAAAAed then I burst out laughing, Purple Pompom Predators....too, too good, oh and it's gorgeous too ;) fantastic macro well deserving of a goofy, happy, colourful title

8 Jul 2008 11:46am

@Lorraine: Glad you had a laugh at the title, Lorraine. It sounded better than A coupla bees on clover.

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

lol, A brilliant title to accompany this stunning macro shot, the colour of the flower and the details of the bees and petals, are quite breathtaking.
Beautiful Michael.

8 Jul 2008 12:04pm

@MaryB: Thanks so much, Mary.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Ayayyai!!!! What a capture!!!!! Excellent! So crisp and shiny!Amazing colours and details! The furry predators look handsome!And.....a most inspired title! My friend, you're getting better by the day! Your latest postings have been great revelations!

8 Jul 2008 12:07pm

@Japanalia: Couldn't ask for a better comment. Thanks so much, Gabriela.

Thomas Griffioen from Bocas del Toro, Panama

What an excelent macro Michael! The DOF, colors, just great!

8 Jul 2008 3:15pm

@Thomas Griffioen: Thank you very much, Thomas.

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

That is teamwork.
Excellent work, Michael. I love the colours and the low pov.

8 Jul 2008 3:36pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thank you very much, Michael.

Sammi from New Jersey, United States

Beautiful picture Michael, the bees look pleased with their work so far.

8 Jul 2008 3:56pm

@Sammi: I think they are too. thank you, Sammi.

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great colors and framing

8 Jul 2008 4:03pm

@yiannis krikis: Thank you, Yiannis.

the lightwriter from oosterwolde, Netherlands

what more can i say...

8 Jul 2008 4:50pm

@the lightwriter: Thanks for commenting, Lightwriter.

Vink from Magagnosc, France

Wonderful macro with more details ! Bravo !

8 Jul 2008 5:02pm

@Vink: Many thanks, Vink.

Ras from Plano, United States

So much action in the photo that I wonder whats going on on the other end. Well done.

8 Jul 2008 6:23pm

@Ras: I know what you mean. I needed the other side. Thanks, Ras.

MJ from Delaware, United States

love the color and the bees... great composition...

8 Jul 2008 6:28pm

@MJ: Thank you, MJ.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful detail on this macro capture! And an interesting flower to boot!

8 Jul 2008 6:57pm

@Steven: Thank you, Steven.

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

A beautiful composition of color and creativity ... incredible detail!

8 Jul 2008 8:07pm

@Ron: Thank you very much, Ron.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Love this shot!!!

8 Jul 2008 8:12pm

@Craig: Thank you, Craig.

standley from brou-sur-chantereine, France

This is terrific Michael. Excellent composition!

8 Jul 2008 8:21pm

@standley: Thank you very much, Richard.

Tracey from White Hall, United States

Great macro, Michael. Such detail you were able to capture. Well done!

8 Jul 2008 10:17pm

@Tracey: Thank you very much, Tracey.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Haha! Great title and image! At least you have bees, ours are almost extinct due to various diseases.

8 Jul 2008 10:42pm

@MadScientist: I heard about that problem and a beekeeper here told me there were some bee deaths. Thanks, MS.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Fantastic title, excellent details! Great macro, Michael! Bravo!

9 Jul 2008 1:28am

@Betty: Many thanks, Betty.

Koushiro~光子郎 from Singapore, Singapore

Oh wow! That's amazing that you got in this close! Wonderful detail and colour!

9 Jul 2008 11:36am

@Koushiro~光子郎: Close, but there were other bees lurking about my ears. Thank you, Koushiro.

Steve from United States

This is the best bee and flower shot ever.

14 Jul 2008 9:51pm

@Steve: Thanks for the really generous comment, Steve.

PENTAX Optio A30
1/320 second
ISO 64
38 mm (35mm equiv.)