Sunday, May 3, 2009
Golden Northern Bumble Bee (Bombus fervidas)
Spring semester is wrapping up so I have been inundated with school work. I took a brief break from writing papers this afternoon and took a few quick shots with my fixed 50mm lens of two bees collecting pollen on the rhododendrons outside my apartment . It was difficult to get any decent shots since the bees were flying around constantly from flower to flower, and it isn't necessarily the best lens for the job. I look forward to eventually purchasing a EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens.
Bees are extremely important pollinators for agriculture, as well as in nature, it will be interesting to see what happens in the future with colony collapse disorder.
Each day this past week there was a noticeable difference in the leaves coming out, everything is popping up and coming out of dormancy, a very beautiful time of year. I particularly love the feel of young tamarack needles, softer than silk and vibrant green.