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Carpenter bees simply adore sunflowers, I couldn't resist trying to capture them as they were flying in to feed from this huge flower head. As this sunflower stands over 7' tall, I had to do a balancing act on a chair, trying to get level with the head of the flower.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:the great attraction
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:7 Aug 2012 - 5:34 AM
Tags:Carpenter bee, Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:68
Voters:NDODS · EAS · User_Removed · martinjp · andylea · annettep38 · SUE118 · LynneJoyce · CaroleS · phillG · Rock · Badgerfred · KarenFB · WhiteRose1 · Ray42 · barbarahirst · jabe · dven · RonnieAG · achieverswales · Alan_Baseley · PinkK · mrswoolybill · jdinne · Arty · sable · DiazSprite · Ade_Osman · moiral · TonyDy · EMJAYCEE · johnriley1uk · Deep_Bhatia · digital_boi · Joline · prabhusinha · PattiW · ValSaxby · Tibetan · Growmore · AnnChown · exposure · helenlinda · ChristineD · TrevBatWCC · pamelajean · Niknut · Philip_H · LexEquine · RobD · Brian65 · tomcat · PaulRookes · Brilane · bricurtis · pluckyfilly · Irishkate · ChiliMan · unicorn17 · evelen · mex · jaktis · crookymonsta · Glostopcat · HarrietH · costas · maratsuikka · darrenwilson41 ·
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NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 44244 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom116 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 6:52 AM

A rather superb set of photographs depicting this hard working Carpenter Bee going about his business around these rather stunning Sunflowers. Beautiful natural colour, and rather nice detail. Version 1 is the outright winner in my eyes this morning.

Regards Nathan

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EAS
EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 6:58 AM

V1 for me too! Well worth that balancing act. Cracking good images.

Ann

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annettep38
annettep38 Plus Member 4204 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica34 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 7:13 AM

The sunflower look so good agaist the sky and the big black helicopter makes it even better!
So they are carpenter bees! Here they call them Spanish bees....there you go I learned something.
Think I have to get some sunflowersWink

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 7:40 AM

Upper images Carol and I am so pleased to have the proper name for these huge black bees that we see in Spain.

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Rock
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7 Aug 2012 - 7:55 AM

I do not normally pick a version to make a comment on as we do not enter our work to compete against our selves.

But I must break my own rules as I have fallen for V4.

All winners anyway.

Rock

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Badgerfred
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7 Aug 2012 - 7:56 AM

Excellent captures Carol, V1 my favourite,
Fred.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51381 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 7:58 AM

Not sure I've ever seen one of these................ a sunflower is it TongueTongue Excellent composition in v1, Carol.

Dave

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94472 forum postsKarenFB vcard England165 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 7:59 AM

Beautiful captures!

I love the blue background you've used........................sky? Blue sky? What's that!!!! Wink

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Ray42
Ray42  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 8:08 AM

A very good set - v1 is my choice

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 8:11 AM

Well worth your effort ..... a great set
and love the bold colours

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk Plus Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 8:38 AM

another top class set

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jabe
jabe  4 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 9:02 AM

Grin the yellow against the blue sky is so striking , love your angle for this capture.Grin

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5152 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 9:16 AM

Sun, sunflowers and a critter.....you must be in seventh heaven, Carol!
Great shots.
Ronnie.

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achieverswales

Stunning set again Carol, do you know that the wings on bees are so small compared to the size of their bodies that it should be impossible to fly, the problem being no one told the bees, V1 for me.

Kindest regards.

Trev.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8751 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1241 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 9:41 AM

V3, for the more dynamic angle.
I terrify people by balancing on chairs, and occasionally falling off. Be careful!
Moira

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jdinne
jdinne  12 England
7 Aug 2012 - 9:53 AM

Superb Carol, am torn between V1 and V3. Excellent.

John

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sable
sable  7 England7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 10:06 AM

Four excellent images the warmth and sunshine of Crete just ouzes out of them - V1 is my favourite xx

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moiral
moiral  5 Scotland
7 Aug 2012 - 11:24 AM

A gorgeous burst of yellow against that blue sky. Good captures of the bee too. Moira

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TonyDy
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7 Aug 2012 - 11:39 AM

Very well captured, Carol.
Tony

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 11:44 AM

They are all lovely captures Carol. You take care balancing on chairs!!!
Joan.

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digital_boi
7 Aug 2012 - 11:58 AM

a fine set of sunflower images Carol resplendent against that fine blue sky a fine result from your balancing act

great set

Graham

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Joline
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7 Aug 2012 - 12:07 PM

V4 is my pick.....great comp. I also love v3. Such a quintessential summer image.

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prabhusinha
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7 Aug 2012 - 12:18 PM

Its a most challenging job & you have done so well.

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PattiW
PattiW  9 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 12:36 PM

Carol, a splendid set of images! Love them all. So glad you are having a colorful burst of sunflowers there also. Patti SmileSmileSmile

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Tibetan
Tibetan  3 England
7 Aug 2012 - 12:58 PM

Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!Glad you did not fall off like my friend macromal! Broke his ankle, things we do for a photo lol. Great like the lot well done you,regards Leon. Hang on Just seen a giant Bee on the roof, Now where did I put that Ladder..............AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! splat.SadSadSadSadSadSadSadSadSadGrinWink

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7 Aug 2012 - 1:01 PM

Wonderful in flight captures Carol with all that beautiful colour of the sunflower and blue sky.

Gary

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AnnChown
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7 Aug 2012 - 2:26 PM

these are lovely Carol! I can just imagine the picture of you on the chair! Smile Love v4!
Ann

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7 Aug 2012 - 2:49 PM

A lovely set of images Carol....I havn't seen any Sunflowers out here yet...
Pauline.

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ChristineD
7 Aug 2012 - 3:03 PM

Beautiful natural colour, and nice detail. Version 1 for my choice

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TrevBatWCC
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7 Aug 2012 - 3:09 PM

Very eye cathing with the yellow of the sunflower contrasting against that lovely blue sky, and to catch the bee in mid-flight like that - and sharp - is amazing Wink
Trev Smile

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pamelajean Critique Team 9909 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1729 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 4:17 PM

The sunflower looks good, Carol......oh, and the bee! V4 is the one for me.

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LexEquine
LexEquine  9 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 6:53 PM

'{4} BRilliant macro Color Gems!!' ~ Peter Smile

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Brian65
Brian65  6 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 - 7:26 PM

Love them all, fantastic Carol.
Brian

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7 Aug 2012 - 7:30 PM

Guess what?
The weather turns for the better after tomorrowTongue
Middle/high 20's in placesSmile

Not sure who was the more energetic?
You, or the BeeWink

Adrian

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PaulRookes
7 Aug 2012 - 7:43 PM

Excellant

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Brilane
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7 Aug 2012 - 8:31 PM

Excellent exposures.
Brian

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7 Aug 2012 - 8:53 PM

Incoming - love Sunflowers Carol. I have found a planted field full of them but none in flower yet.!!
Brian.

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7 Aug 2012 - 9:31 PM

worth the effort of standing on the chair, lovely detail and colour, just realised you had posted 4 shots Carol I overlooked to see them at first V4 I favour but they are all good and to get the bee is a bonus indeed

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7 Aug 2012 - 11:20 PM

None of us can resist a sunflower. No wonder these bees feel the same.
Four great images of equal appeal.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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8 Aug 2012 - 6:32 AM

I love carpenter bees! We have a couple of resident ones who stuff themselves into the thunbergias for breakfast. The sunflower in these images are already awesome...but the carpenter bee buzzing around is some serious icing, Carol Grin

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unicorn17  6 Scotland
8 Aug 2012 - 7:44 AM

V4 my favourite of this wonderful series ! Gill

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10 Aug 2012 - 8:08 AM

A fantastic set of images Carol, the colours are simply glorious and a joy to behold.

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maratsuikka
12 Aug 2012 - 6:56 PM

in.flight by Carol...superb

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