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Tree Bumblebee #1

Tree bumblebee on a purple chive flower

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During the coronavirus lockdown of spring 2020 I found myself spending a lot more time in my small back garden than I otherwise would have.

Which proved to be somewhat of a revelation concerning the intricate and beautiful minature world right at my fingertips, so to speak.

So I dusted off my sadly under utilised macro lens and set off on a mini adventure, exploring the fauna and flora in my wife Liz's raised vegetable and herb beds.

These purple chive flowers were in full bloom at the time, and seemed to be driving our local bee population crazy, so I concentrated my efforts on trying to get an in focus shot of these highly mobile insects.

Well, I never realised that bees moved so fast!

But after a few dozen abortive attempts I finally got a few frames in focus.

Much more demanding than photographing a static landscape!

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Image data

Filename - tree bumblebee 01

Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2 DSLR

Lens - 100mm macro prime

Exposure - 1/100 sec @ f/11, ISO1600

Filters - None.

Location - Buckley, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Small aperture used for increased depth of field. High ISO used to enable handheld exposure.