I’ve tried for the last few months to get a good shot of a bee and for some reason I just couldn’t seem to get a good photo. A few days ago, I decided to try my luck again and this time I got a really good shot; right on the back of my left leg by the bee. Ouch! Talk about a bruised photographer ego and excruciating pain. The bee sting hurts like my whole leg was on fire. I always thought those fuzzy little bumble bees were docile; guess my ignorance got the best of me.
By the time I got home, my leg started to swell. Great, I thought just my luck that I am sensitive to bee stings. As I was cursing the stupid bee for stinging me and getting upset with myself, I realized maybe the bee was trying to tell me something. Perhaps I was trying to take their pictures for the wrong reason and that’s why I’ve had such difficulty in getting a good shot. I was doing it because it seems like every good photographer should have a least a bee pollinating flower picture in their portfolio, right? As I stared down at my puffy leg with a big bruise on it, I decided I don’t really need a bee pollinating flower picture in my portfolio. So, I thought I would focus on a different kind of flying insect that seems easier to shoot and less dangerous – the dragonflies. It was like a dragonfly convention at the golf course pond yesterday; there were so many different color dragonflies. It was a fun photographing experience. Not that I am glad to get stung, but what a great reward for my painful lesson with the bee. 🙂
My first time witnessing dragonflies doing the “Wild Thing”. Though, I felt like a voyuer wishing for a longer telephoto lens.
A damesel fly trying to fit in.
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