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Messy Bee

By javam    
Taken at Broughton Castle (Banbury) over the weekend.

I was wandering around the garden regretting taking my entire kit bag with me when I saw this little fella and did a quick switch to the macro lens.

This was shot handheld at ISO 400 to allow for f8 and a fast enough shutter speed.

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Tags: Flowers Bee Flower Closeup Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Bumble Wildlife and nature

Voters: Pogs, GregorP, Rogerex and 29 more

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GregorP 13 4 Slovenia
24 Jul 2006 8:28AM
Beautiful composition, colours and photo.


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Rogerex 11 32 12 Australia
24 Jul 2006 8:29AM
I like the way the colours of the bee match those of the flower centre, and all contrast nicely with the white petals. Good shot.
Imagine23 11 241 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2006 8:56AM
Wow this is amazing detail and great composition. Frame sets it off well too.
mickf1 11 2 England
24 Jul 2006 9:18AM
Brilliant macro shot, plenty of detail, well presented.
Chocwendy 12 8 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2006 10:17AM
Razor sharp!
Tandberg 14 1.2k 2 England
24 Jul 2006 10:40AM
Nice close up

Sharp and too close for me.. Dont like the idea of getting stung LOL

kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
24 Jul 2006 10:40AM
an amazing macro very good detail
24 Jul 2006 10:49AM
Aww soo cute hehe. Love the colours and you have captured incredible detail, love the pollen on the bees legs! You
got even closer then I managed too and I got stung Sad Really like!
javam 13 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2006 11:07AM
Thanks for all the comments.

They were fairly docile yesterday which helped, but the advantage of the 180mm Macro is that I could stay a reasonable distance out just in case!

I unfortunately stepped on a bee the previous day in my bare feet (more unfortunate for the bee than me) so the throbbing in my foot was a gentle reminder to respect his air space.
Dennie 13 260 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2006 11:55AM
Excellent Bee shot. Pin sharp good detail and colour. Denise x
tim g 14 13 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2006 5:08PM
Superb macro shot.

CarlyMorg 12 50
24 Jul 2006 9:37PM
Wonderful detail on the bee. A very good shot.

paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
25 Jul 2006 12:21PM
Brilliant detail, large version is a must .Paul
robway 13 318 Wales
25 Jul 2006 3:57PM
Fantastic shot, great detail and colour.
daffydill56 14 190 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 9:33PM
What a lovely pin sharp image. The flower colour compliments him well too. Nice work.

90125 12 3 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 9:48PM
Ace macro shot-good lens also.Could be used as a crest for a flag!
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 10:59PM
piccy 11 8 Wales
27 Jul 2006 2:25PM
Rc for the bee - very nice.
javam 13 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2006 2:39PM
Thanks to everyone for their comments on this picture and for making it my first shot to hit the magic 30 clicks (and especially Freda for being number 30).

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