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Old Jul 10, 2007, 9:49 AM   #1
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These were taken without any conversion lens. It was too hot for the bee to be flying and I caught it cleaning itself on the underside of a milkweed and just put the camera up close.

1. Bumblebee side view with tongue sticking out.


2. A better view of the tongue.


3. First lotus of the year.



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Old Jul 10, 2007, 6:30 PM   #2
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Very nice shots Steve, especially shot 1...you`ve captured a lot of detail there with good exposure.

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Old Jul 10, 2007, 8:07 PM   #3
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Nice shots, Steve. You always seem to do so well without much in the way of special accessories -- guess it is all a matter of photographic skill.
The bee shots are certainly interesting -- but I love the lotus.
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 11:22 PM   #4
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is that a Nelumbo Nucifera?
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 11:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for commenting Mark and Robin. Funny, one of you likes number 1 and one likes number 3, and I am partial to number 2. My favorite subject of the bunch is the lotus, but I have yet to figure out how to capture the essence of it properly. Probably has to do with the fact that it looks it's best when partially in deep shade from the leaves and partially with sun on it. One of these days though. . .
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 11:47 PM   #6
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xfxgeforced wrote:
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is that a Nelumbo Nucifera?
Well, it is a Nelumbo but I could not tell you the species name. It came from Lilypons and is a dwarf. I had wanted a Chawan Basu but they were out so I ordered a Red Children Lotus. It took a year to bloom and when it did it came out looking a lot more like a Chawan Basu then a Red Children. Which works for me. This goes well with the water lily nearby. (which will be in a new post.)

Thanks for looking and commenting.
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Old Jul 11, 2007, 12:44 AM   #7
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Pana's macro capability is awesome, as can be seen in your pics. I never knew insects like bumble bee had a tongue, nor that it would extend so much out! Great capture.
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Old Jul 11, 2007, 2:33 AM   #8
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the Nelumbo Nucifera lotus is most likely the plant referred to in the odyssey when they goto the land of the lotus eaters.
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Great macros of the bee and without additional lens !!
Great shooting. #2 is my fave.
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Old Jul 11, 2007, 9:30 AM   #10
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Great macro shots Steve! I like the bumble bee shots more.

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