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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 6:52AM
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 9 1 13 Scotland
7 Aug 2012 6:58AM
V1 for me too! Well worth that balancing act. Cracking good images.

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
7 Aug 2012 7:13AM
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
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 7:40AM
Upper images Carol and I am so pleased to have the proper name for these huge black bees that we see in Spain.
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
7 Aug 2012 7:55AM
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.

7 Aug 2012 7:56AM
Excellent captures Carol, V1 my favourite,
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
7 Aug 2012 7:58AM
Not sure I've ever seen one of these................ a sunflower is it TongueTongue Excellent composition in v1, Carol.

KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
7 Aug 2012 7:59AM
Beautiful captures!

I love the blue background you've Blue sky? What's that!!!! Wink
Ray42 10 3 England
7 Aug 2012 8:08AM
A very good set - v1 is my choice
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 8:11AM
Well worth your effort ..... a great set
and love the bold colours
7 Aug 2012 8:38AM
another top class set
jabe 7 10 4 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 9:02AM
Grin the yellow against the blue sky is so striking , love your angle for this capture.Grin
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
7 Aug 2012 9:16AM
Sun, sunflowers and a must be in seventh heaven, Carol!
Great shots.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
7 Aug 2012 9:18AM
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.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 9:41AM
V3, for the more dynamic angle.
I terrify people by balancing on chairs, and occasionally falling off. Be careful!
jdinne 15 16 England
7 Aug 2012 9:53AM
Superb Carol, am torn between V1 and V3. Excellent.

sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 10:06AM
Four excellent images the warmth and sunshine of Crete just ouzes out of them - V1 is my favourite xx
moiral 8 12 Scotland
7 Aug 2012 11:24AM
A gorgeous burst of yellow against that blue sky. Good captures of the bee too. Moira
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 11:39AM
Very well captured, Carol.
9 10 10 England
7 Aug 2012 11:44AM
They are all lovely captures Carol. You take care balancing on chairs!!!
7 Aug 2012 11:58AM
a fine set of sunflower images Carol resplendent against that fine blue sky a fine result from your balancing act

great set

Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
7 Aug 2012 12:07PM
V4 is my pick.....great comp. I also love v3. Such a quintessential summer image.
7 Aug 2012 12:18PM
Its a most challenging job & you have done so well.
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
7 Aug 2012 12:36PM
Carol, a splendid set of images! Love them all. So glad you are having a colorful burst of sunflowers there also. Patti SmileSmileSmile
Tibetan 6 3 England
7 Aug 2012 12:58PM
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
7 Aug 2012 1:01PM
Wonderful in flight captures Carol with all that beautiful colour of the sunflower and blue sky.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 2:26PM
these are lovely Carol! I can just imagine the picture of you on the chair! Smile Love v4!
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
7 Aug 2012 2:49PM
A lovely set of images Carol....I havn't seen any Sunflowers out here yet...
7 Aug 2012 3:03PM
Beautiful natural colour, and nice detail. Version 1 for my choice
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
7 Aug 2012 3:09PM
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
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 4:17PM
The sunflower looks good, Carol......oh, and the bee! V4 is the one for me.
LexEquine 12 19 United States
7 Aug 2012 6:53PM
'{4} BRilliant macro Color Gems!!' ~ Peter Smile
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 7:26PM
Love them all, fantastic Carol.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 7:30PM
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

7 Aug 2012 7:43PM
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
7 Aug 2012 8:31PM
Excellent exposures.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
7 Aug 2012 8:53PM
Incoming - love Sunflowers Carol. I have found a planted field full of them but none in flower yet.!!
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 9:31PM
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
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 11:20PM
None of us can resist a sunflower. No wonder these bees feel the same.
Four great images of equal appeal.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
8 Aug 2012 6:32AM
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

8 Aug 2012 7:44AM
V4 my favourite of this wonderful series ! Gill
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
10 Aug 2012 8:08AM
A fantastic set of images Carol, the colours are simply glorious and a joy to behold.
12 Aug 2012 6:56PM
in.flight by Carol...superb

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