April Showers Bring Bees & Flowers

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Our landscaper recently put in new flowers in our front beds for summer and I have noticed that the bees seem to love one of the flowers he planted in particular. Normally, I’m terrified of bees because I don’t want to get stung but for some reason I was feeling brave today and thought I’d make the best of the situation by trying to photograph the bees. Before I got into photography, my instinct would have been to run inside and hide, not run inside and grab the camera. My how times have changed! This certainly isn’t my normal subject even – I mostly photograph people, so this was very different for me. But I was really happy with how the pictures turned out and it’s been fun to look at them. I’ve never seen a bee so up close and personal.

I love that in some of these shots, you can see the pollen stuck on the bee’s body really clearly. That was one of the things I was super excited to capture. I immediately called my daughter and her friend who were outside playing while I took these to come look at the back of my camera at the pictures so they could see the pollen all over the bees. They move so fast you can’t really see the pollen unless you freeze the action in a photograph. I thought it was a great educational opportunity. It was also really neat to see them up close sucking the nectar out of the flowers. And I was really excited capture them in flight with the motion of their bodies frozen but their wings blurred from how much they moved even in 1/1000 of a second.

carpenter bees on flowers | Kelley K Photography

carpenter bees on flowers | Kelley K Photography

carpenter bees on flowers | Kelley K Photography

carpenter bees on flowers | Kelley K Photography

Of course, as fun as was to capture these bees, my specialty is still people. If you are in the market for photographs of your children or family, or would like professional headshots, please contact Kelley K Photography.

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