Green, glorious green!

Challenging myself to the restriction of using only my right arm, I went out among our fading purple cone flowers (Echinacea) again today to see what I could do without the ambidextrous support to which I am accustomed, and without a tripod, or even a monopod. It was a beautiful morning today, with hardly any wind, and as I stood quietly, several varieties of bees and flies busied themselves collecting pollen and spreading it to other flowers in the process. I’ve developed a special liking for the metallic-green bees belonging to the Agapostemon family, and a few of these were in evidence today. It took a while for me to get the hang of one-handed shooting with my fairly-heavy macro lens, but I was rewarded with a few useful images. Here are my two favorites.

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19 Responses to Green, glorious green!

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a green bee before – wonderful! Beautiful shots and all the more amazing using one arm/hand. Hope the recovery is going well :)

    • krikitarts says:

      I was so fascinated the first time I saw one, and was tickled to find them here when we moved to Omaha. It takes a lot of patience to catch them, though–apart from being so small, they’re reeeally busy and seemingly always in motion. Still, lots of fun trying!

  2. Ogee says:

    Stunning shots. Who needs a tripod? Not you!

    • krikitarts says:

      These days I need all the support I can get. If I try to keep up with this, I’ll surely have to adapt some sort of monopod, at least. It’s exhausting!

  3. Vicki says:

    Like Lisa, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a green bee before.
    Excellent shots Gary. One could be mistaken for thinking you’d actually used both hands or a tripod.

    (but its amazing how one adapts and manages. I remember taking a few shots with my arm in plaster from wrist to upper arm last September when I fractured a bone near my elbow. It wasn’t a weight-bearing bone that broke though).

    Sounds like you’re healing well. Hope you get some more photography in before it gets too cold over your side of the world.

    • krikitarts says:

      I remember well your writing about your accident and trying to work around your plaster cast. Where there’s enough will, there’s usually a way, as you very well know. As for a green bee, I don’t know that I’ve seen one from down there, but you surely have a fascinating variety of other colorful wee folk. Are you familiar with the work of Mark Berkery? There’s a link to his site here, under “Blogs I Like.”

  4. Mike Powell says:

    Gorgeous shots, Gary. I love the contrast of the metallic green of the bee with the soft pink of the cone flower (they always seem pink to me, even though they are called “purple”). I have tried one-handed shooting (mostly when holding an umbrella) and can testify to its difficulty. I can’t imagine trying to do macro shots that way. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    • krikitarts says:

      Actually, it provides a sort of isometric exercise. I can clearly remember many a juggling act with an umbrella, none of them with much fondness. I agree with you about the “purple” cone flowers. We have many “purple” finches here, and they’re not, either. I knew you’d like the green bees!

    • I’ve grown accustomed to steadying a breeze-blown plant with my left hand while holding the camera in my right hand, with the back of the camera pressed against my face for a little added stability.

  5. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful pictures, Gary, one-armed or not! What spectacular bees! I’m with Mike, I can’t imagine doing macro one-handed either. Adrian

    • krikitarts says:

      Ya do what ya can with what ya got. I freely admit that I’m looking forward to regaining the use of the other arm, but it’s going to take months. For the photography, I’m grateful that it’s not my right hand that’s disabled. Thanks, Adrian!

  6. Meanderer says:

    Lovely cone-flower close-ups – and what a wonderful metallic bee!

    • krikitarts says:

      You’ve been doing some lovely cone-flower work yourself, M, and I thought you’d be pleased. Must agree about the bee, too–what an amazing development is that metallic exoskeleton!

  7. neihtn2012 says:

    Amazing shots, especially in your condition!

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Hien! We must rise to the challenges presented to us, mustn’t we? I’m already planning modifications to achieve something approaching my accustomed facility. Let us see…

  8. It’s simple – you are an amazing photographer, one arm or two :). Beautiful captures!

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