Isolation Antidotes (13): Trio in the Trumpets

As the days get shorter and the nights cooler, and the prospects of being able to return to Minnesota for the northern hemisphere summer unsure, I find myself basking in some of the summer photos in my archives. This one takes me back to a day in mid-August, 2012, when we were still living in Omaha and our trumpet vines were in full blossom. Many insects found them attractive, and on this occasion my patience was rewarded with a double visit—one by a shy red-banded hairstreak butterfly (Calycopis cecrops) and another by an incoming bumblebee (genus Bombus; there are more than 250 species). Actually, as you see, it was a triple visit, with a small wasp having joined the party behind the hairstreak. Quite a nice bit of luck! (Just click twice on the photo for more detail.)

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23 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (13): Trio in the Trumpets

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    This is truly a rare and superb capture, which puts you as a photographer one cut above the rest.

  2. Three’s company😊. Excellent photo!

  3. Mike Powell says:

    I remember when I started doing macro photography, I was shooting flowers, because they were among the favorite subjects of my mentor, and occasionally I would photograph an insect. Gradually I realized I was more interested in photographing bugs than flowers. I have to ask you, Gary, how many of the insects in the photo were you intentionally trying to shoot? Were you primarily focused on the butterfly and the bee happened to fly into the scene? Did you know the wasp was there when you took the shot? I can’t tell you how many times that I have discovered “bonus bugs” in my photos that are sometimes pretty obvious, but I never noticed them when I was taking the photo. Three different insects in a single photo should win you a prize. :)

    • krikitarts says:

      You really made me laugh out loud with this endorsement, Mike! I remember the moment very clearly. I did see the tiny wasp, but my focus of attention was fully on the delicate butterfly. Intent on getting the sharpest image I could, I was shooting at 6 frames per second, which was the best my D-7000 could do. I knew there were bumblebees around, but the dramatic entrance of this particular one was an unexpected delight. I saw it in the viewfinder as I was shooting and prayed for a reasonably-sharp result, and when I looked at them later on the computer, I also remember whooping and almost falling off my chair when this one came up on the screen.

      • Mike Powell says:

        Thanks for sharing the story behind the shot, Gary. I am by nature very curious. When I look at a photo, I often wonder what the photographer was thinking or feeling or trying to achieve. Rarely do I get insight into that part of the process–we generally offer a carefully curated view by showing only our “successes.” I remember when I was first starting to get serious about shooting. Immediately after returning from a garden or other shooting location with Cindy, my photo mentor, we would insert my memory card into her computer. It was humbling to give someone else such direct insight into my photographic soul. She got to see what subjects interested me, how I framed the shots, and how I “worked” the subjects. You understand full well how many shots it often takes to get a good one–I was still at that point of naiveté where I truly believed that a good photographer knew how to take photos so well that he could go out and capture what they wanted in just a few clicks. A few hundred thousand clicks later, I am a bit wiser about what it takes.

    • Ms. Liz says:

      Great Q&A Mike/Gary, and you both made me smile! As did the photo :)

  4. cindy knoke says:

    I am a big reader. I don’t know why I am now so much in favor of images over words. Good images don’t lie, bad ones do. This is an amazing image.

    • krikitarts says:

      Sometimes it just all seems to work out–this was one of those times. I have a good feeling that everything else will work out too, eventually, but much is going to be very different.

  5. Call it a triple play. You were fortunate indeed to have caught the bumblebee without a lot of blur (flying insects almost always come out with motion blur in my pictures).

    • krikitarts says:

      Yes, fortunate indeed, but fortune favors the prepared–and I was prepared for a bit of motion: I just checked my metadata and I had my ISO up to 1,000, so I was able to shoot at 1/800 second at f/13.

  6. shoreacres says:

    That hairstreak looks unwilling to give up its territory to an intruder!

  7. Wow, that is a very special and unique image you have there, Gary. Such a lot happening, and so beautiful, too.

  8. Vicki says:

    Gosh, what a wonderful photo. It almost looks like an oil painting from an old Dutch master. Probably it’s that hint of iridescence over the 2 insects and the shade over the flower blooms.

  9. Three for the price of one. Luck favors the prepared so you deserved this.Those trumpets must give quite a flavorful toot.

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