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A Sample of Pop’s “Bee” Images

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

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

Invitation To Spring

Daffodil, Daffodils, Flowers, Flower, Yellow, Spring, Macro
One of the most inviting indications of spring’s arrival are the cheerful daffodils. They are early bloomers and a sure sign of more spring beauty to come.

Normally I’m eagerly waiting for an opportunity to capture a few of these lovely flowers in our area of northeast Wisconsin.  These, however, were captured a couple of weeks before the bloom in our neighborhood.

On a recent trip to southern California we visited the higher elevations around San Bernardino where they still had small patches of snow and were experiencing their own spring arrival.  I snapped this pair blooming near Big Bear Lake.

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Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise, Crane Flower, Flower, Exotic, Tropical
Flowers are one of my favorite photography subjects. They provide an infinite variety of appealing color and form.  This exotic beauty was photographed at a botanical garden.  This is the bloom of the Bird-of-Paradise plant; also known as the crane flower.

Bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is a native of South Africa and is closely related to the banana plant. The name is derived from the unique flower it bears.  Some say it resembles a brightly colored bird in flight.  I think it more resembles the bird’s head with a colorful plumage crest. Either way, it is a striking and unusual flower.

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Clump of Springtime

hepatica, liverleaf, liverwort, Flowers, Flower, Wildflower,

Some of the first bloomers in early spring, the Hepatica is a delightful wildflower find. This clump was photographed along a Wisconsin woodland path in April.

The Hepatica is in the buttercup family.  It’s also known by some other odd names (at least, to me) such as  liverleaf, liverwort and squirrel cups. I’ve read the “liver” names have to do with the shape of the leaves, which some believe resemble a human liver. I’ve also read some Cherokee and Chippewa tribes used Hepatica as a treatment for liver disorders and it’s still harvested for its medicinal values today.

You can view all the detail in this collection of Hepatica full-screen by simply clicking on the photo.

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Flitting Among the Asters

Butterfly, Monarch, Aster, Flowers, Wildflowers, Monarch Butterfly, Flying
On a warm summer day, this monarch butterfly was enjoying the weather and the wildflowers.

This was in a vacant field in the middle of an urban area. The warm sun and abundance of wildflowers were attracting a number of butterflies. Of course, they attracted me and my camera.

My goal was to capture the butterflies in flight. Not difficult to do with the number of butterflies in the area.  The difficult part was to capture them close up and in focus. They fly erratically, up and down and every direction. Thankfully, with today’s modern digital cameras, you can snap hundreds of photos (if needed) without the expense of photo development to find the right shot. On this particular shoot, I believe I snapped about 140 shots and came away with several keepers. Still, while this particular butterfly is in focus, when you look closely, the image suffers from a bit of motion blur. (Did I mention they fly erratically?)

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Violet in the Wild

Flowers, Wildflowers, Violet, Blue Violet, Common Blue Violet, Blue, Green
These, very tiny, delicate beauties are common blue violets. I photographed this set while hiking along a woodland path in northeast Wisconsin.

According to my Audubon Wildflower Guide, common blue violets can be found in damp woods, moist meadows, roadsides and even lawns. The violet leaves are high in vitamins A and C and can be used in salads or cooked as greens. The flowers can be candied.

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Softly and Tenderly

Macro, Rose, Pink, Soft, Color, Flower Photo, Beautiful
There is something about the delicate furl and opening of rose petals that draws the viewer in. Doesn’t this image make you want to get closer to smell its intoxicating fragrance?

This is a flower I found on a trip to Branson, MO a couple of years ago.  It was in a small flowerbed, next to the parking lot, at a motel we spent the night at.  You never know where you will find beauty to behold…and capture…so keep your camera close by.

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Deeply Devoted to Love

Rose, Red, Red Rose, Drops, Macro, Dew, Black, American Rose
A closeup view of the delicate, and often emotional, beauty of the red rose.

On occasion, I’ve picked up a few long-stem flowers from a local florist for the main purpose of photographing them. Photographing flowers in the wild is a seasonal sport.  Photographing flowers purchased from the florist can be a year-round activity.

If I remember correctly, I set this one in a vase on my kitchen table.  I used the normal overhead and ambient light available in our kitchen. The drops you see are not water. (Though I’ll also use water in some shots.)  These drops are glycerin – looks like water but holds better to the petals.

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Bright Idea

Azalea, Flower, Macro, Pink, Yellow, Close Up,
This azalea was one of the more colorful and prolific bloomers in my wife’s flower bed this year.

I enjoy getting a close up view of flowers (and other things) to see the details that we often don’t notice in a normal view.

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Ladies In Red

Tulips, Spring, Red, Yellow, Flowers, Macro
If you’re looking for springtime beauty with vivid color, it’s hard to beat tulips.  These unique, deep red beauties, surrounded by a sea of  pink, yellow-fringed tulips were photographed during the annual Tulip Festival in Pella, Iowa.

I struggled with this image. I spent a lot of time trying to get the five red tulips to stand out from the background.  The colors are close enough, it’s hard to distinguish the detail of the foreground from the blur of the background. I’m not sure I achieved the separation I wanted the average viewer to experience. I’ve looked at it so much, I can no longer be objective. You’ll have to decide and let me know your first impression.

If you’re a tulip fan, be sure to view a previously posted image from the same outing with a similar name:  Ladies In White  Try this link for even more tulips:  http://popsdigital.com/?s=tulips

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Sitting Pretty

Small Postman, Butterfly, Flower, Pretty
Creation is teaming with unique, delicate beauties for the observant who are persistent to see beyond the obvious.

Within the Puelicher Butterfly Vivarium in the Milwaukee Public Museum there are hundreds of specimens. This one, a Small Postman butterfly, (heliconius melpomene), was among the tiniest.  (To view the largest, visit my previous post: Owl Butterfly.)

Postman butterflies are tropical butterflies found in Central and South America. They are most common along sunlit forest edges with flowers.

As sweet as they may appear, they have little to fear from predators. As caterpillars, they feed on passion flower leaves, storing up toxic chemicals they retained throughout their lifespan that makes them foul-tasting to typical predators.

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