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A Sample of Pop’s “Bee” Images

Predator

Some of Your Beeswax

Sedum Bumbler

Look of Defiance

Chicory Bee

Bumbling Bees

Garden Cafe

Buzz By Here - To Infinity and Beyond

Pick Your Poison

Blind Side Attack

On a Mission

Honey Bee on Sedum

Covering the Cosmos

Center of the Cosmos

Three's a Crowd

Popular Spot

On A Pedestal

On Golden Rod

The Beeline

Messy Hands

Bee on Yellow

Incoming

Bumble Bee Choreography

Messy Hands

A Sample of Pop’s “People” Photo Collection

Considering the Next Move

Sugar and Spice

Front Porch Portrait

Caged Competitor

Early Adoration

Child In the Ligtht

Stroll Through the Weeds

Attention Grabbing

Eye Contact

On the Line

Eyes of Wonder

Rounding the Curve

Troubadours of Basin Spring Park

Down by the Creek

Sun Day

Catching Some Light

EAA Fireworks

Hear Me Roar

Flower

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Beauty and a Beast

Sedum, Flowers, Pink, Grasshopper
The delicate beauty of these sedum blossoms provide a stark contrast to the uninviting demeanor of a grasshopper who found a late summer resting spot.

My photography typically focuses on the beauty of nature. I’m sure many would not find the grasshopper to be “beautiful,” but I think it is.  I find the structure and patterns in the design of this creature a work of beauty.  Again, a contrast to the “pretty” of the flowers but a very cool and interesting subject.

Grasshoppers are insects and are probably the oldest living group of chewing herbivorous. I imagine this one has found a pleasant, final resting place.

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Soft Touch

Flower, Green, White, Leaves, CyclamenThis is a flower that seems to bloom backward. The flower head is pointed down (notice the downward direction of the buds to each side) but the petals turn up. This plant is part of the Cyclamen genus.

I’d like to tell you that I took this photo of an exotic plant in some exotic foreign land but, alas, it was taken in the kitchen of our home. I was working on my camera, making micro-adjustments to the focus of my various lenses. It’s a process of fine tuning the auto focus function to account for the minor differences in lenses.  Even lenses of the same brand and model can have minor differences. The camera will focus each of them the same so focus could be off…usually just a bit and mostly unnoticeable, but still off.  Of course, we’re typically wanting a very precise focus on most of our images so tweaking settings to get it as close to perfect is a worthwhile endeavor.

So, after making my micro-adjustments, I just snapped a few photos to test the focus accuracy. This is one of those test shots. The plant is one my wife keeps on a cabinet in front of a window in our kitchen. I focused on it, taking advantage of the pleasing green of our lawn outside the window as the background. Of course, the lawn is out of the range of focus so you’re not seeing blades of grass; you just see a solid green background. You’ll also notice a kind of cross-hatch texture in the background. That effect was created by the window’s screen.

Sometimes, if your looking, you’ll find “interesting” and “exotic” in the most common places.

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Wild Pair

Yellow, Wildflowers, Flowers, Green
This pair of wildflowers caught my eye on a hike through the trails of Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, in Brown County, Wisconsin.

The light filtering through the trees seemed to accentuate these particular blooms. And, as I’ve said many times before…in photography, it’s all about the light.

This was my first outing with a new lens.  (Actually, a used lens, but new to me.)  It was an inexpensive acquisition and I think it did an acceptable job.

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Predator

Dandelion, Bee, Flower, Macro, Yellow, Green
This bee was persistent in his attack of this dandelion. My getting close didn’t seem to dissuade it.  As I approached, it would leave the flower, hovering a few inches above, and then settle back down for the work. That made it easy for me to get a good shot. The tiny butterflies I was trying to capture were considerably more shy. They vacated the blooms anytime I got within range.

This scene was captured on my own front lawn. I titled this one, “Predator,” because I think the bees face makes an ominous impression. I know I wouldn’t want to meet one in a dark alley.

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World of Chaos

Globe Thistle, Thistle, Flower, Blue
The globe thistle is a unique, flowering thistle and is garden friendly. It provides an appealing contrast of color and texture to the flower bed in mid summer.

I didn’t know these were called “Globe Thistles” until I looked them up to provide more info for this post. This photo was taken in one of the flowerbeds at our home.

According to Gardening Know How

Echinops is the botanical name for globe thistle. They are stunning flowers with deep dark blue petals set in a spiky frame. The leaves are deeply notched, dark green on top and slightly silver underneath and slightly hairy. The plants are native to Asia and Europe and the name means hedgehog in Greek, which is appropriately referencing the prickly blooms. Globe thistle flowers make excellent dried displays and last for years as part of an everlasting flower display.

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Peaceful Opposition

Sunflower, Sunflowers, Sunflower Field, Sunset
As evening began to plot its takeover of the landscape, this field of sunflowers stood in peaceful opposition to the impending nightfall.

Every now and then I go a little overboard with the post processing. When I snapped this image of sunflowers growing in a field near our home, it was late afternoon and the sun was setting behind the flowers. That put the face of the flowers in the shadows. With the use of fill flash, I was able to counteract the back-lighting but it gave the scene a strange, surreal feel. With the unusual lighting, there was no way to get a natural look, so I slipped down the other slope.

My wife thinks the two prominent blooms need a yellow, curved line under them to give the image a smile. I can see that.

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Wildflowers of Yellow

Yellow, Flowers, Wildflowers, Macro
A delightful collection of flowers blooming wild and free in Northeast Wisconsin.

These wildflowers were spotted along a trail at the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, in Brown County.  It was a beautiful day for a walk and a terrible day for misquotes.  On this particular hike, every time we stopped we paid a price in insect attacks.  Of course we survived, but we had to keep up a pretty good pace, continually swatting at the air and our arms.  Might have missed a few shots in our hurried state.

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Summer Jubilation

Day Lily, Day Lilies, Lily, Lilies, Flowers
The day lilies are abundant this year in Northeast Wisconsin. These are a couple of specimens found in our front yard.

Every year we have a clump of day lilies that bloom around the utility pole in the front yard of our home. This year, will all the rain we’ve had, they are putting on quite a show.

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Springtime Vibe

Spring Beauty, Wildflower, Purple, Stripes, Fairy Spud
These sweet, tiny, wildflowers are known by a variety of names such as, Spring Beauty, Virginia Spring Beauty, Eastern Spring Beauty or Fairy Spud. Not all clusters are as vibrant in color as these, most plant blooms are white with very subtle striping.

They bloom in early spring. The life of the individual flowers is short. They bloom lasts only three days, and the five stamens on each flower are only active for a single day. They can be found in many different habitat types, especially in forests. I found these in the woods of northeast Wisconsin.

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Prince of the Pulpit

Frog, Tree Frog, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Macro, Garden
This small tree frog found a cozy spot in the shade between the stem and flower of a Jack-in-the-Pulpit plant.

I spotted this little guy on a recent trip to Missouri.  He seemed a bit disinterested in my presence.  It would have been nice if he would have turned toward the camera, smiled and offered a friendly wave.  He, obviously, wasn’t in a friendly mood.

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