This is by far one of my favourite photographs. Taken with my iPhone 3GS back on June 3, 2012. I was sitting in the yard on the ledge of the small herb garden hanging out with my kids and observing the so many bees at work. It was pure luck to catch this particular bee in flight just before he landed on the flowering chive. I love that I can see his legs dangling and his wings are even a little bit in focus! Nice going little iPhone!
Editing done in Instagram to give it that old world, a-moment-in-time-feeling.
Finding Beauty Everywhere.
On March 9, 2014, I stepped outside, delighted but not surprised to see the crocuses in full bloom. What did surprise me, however, was to see the first bee of the season; surely, was it not too early? I snapped some photos until the ‘bee’ took his leave.
Upon researching a little more about what I had photographed, I learned that bees have long L-shaped antennae and have four wings. These were details that I hadn’t noticed before. If they were striped, landed on a flower but especially with a fuzzy body… The moral of this story is far more reaching – how we look at everything and everyone. Once we engage, ask questions and begin to understand, compassion follows.
The ‘bee’ in these photos turns out to be a bee-fly. With only two wings, the bee-fly has much more control when flying and has more precision when hovering. The bee-fly has huge eyes, which take up his entire head. Similar to bees, the bee-fly feeds on the nectar in flowers and some bee-flies are very important pollinators. There are hundreds of kinds of bee-flies, some look like honey bees, bumble bees, yellow jackets or wasps.
Did you know?
At least 71% of the 150 ‘true flies’ (Diptera) families include flies that feed at flowers as adults. Diptera (Di = two, ptera = wings) have been documented to be primary pollinators for many wild and cultivated plant species. Many people think of flies as a nuisance (although there are many species that are!), few people realize their importance in the life cycle, such as:
- food for valued bird and fish species
- pest control
- as decomposers and soil conditioners
- water quality control indicators
- as pollinators of many plants
Bee-flies seem to be the first to grace our beautiful flowering buds in early spring because they are more tolerant of the cold. So, in light of learning about their value, won’t you join me in looking more closely at these stunning creatures? Let’s encourage all pollinators to visit without being shooed away! 🙂
Finding beauty everywhere.
These photographs were taken with a Nikon D7000, AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm lens.
I came across this beautiful flower last October. It caught my eye as I drove my regular daily route to and from my neighbourhood. What an unusual sight, to see a delicate flower still in bloom so late in the fall in Vancouver, BC. I thought it must be an artificial plant; some people do that kind of thing to keep a bit of colour around during the fall and winter months. But after a week of passing by and noticing some petals falling by the wayside, I figured the plants’ time had finally come to withdraw for the winter. To my surprise, a few days later, I saw another bloom. With that I got the message: “Take my picture, already”, the plant seemed to say.
I did some very unsuccessful research to find out what this species is. If anyone can identify this plant please let me know.
It is so delicate and obviously hardy. It reminds me a little bit of an orchid (from the back), but one that can endure the cold. What do you think?
UPDATE July 2105: I’ve learned that this beauty is a Japanese Anemone. This particular one looks like “Lucky Charm” or “Cinderella”. I’ve just adopted a “Lucky Charm” plant. A lot of buds but no blossoms yet.
Peony: Taken with an iPhone 4S.
May 16, 2012
About this photo:
The peony is one of my favourite flowers. I planted this variety in 2010, and waited for blooms. The blooms came and went. This year they seemed to bloom early. I would walk past and take in their beauty. Finally, I thought to take a photograph. And I am glad that I did, for soon after I took this photo the flowers wilted away with none other to take their place. Just green leaves for the rest of the summer.
Moral of the story? Don’t wait for another time or better light. Make the most of the moment you’ve got.
Rose Campion flower
Taken with an iPhone 4S
July 27, 2012