Bees of several kinds really love the dahlias, and so I mounted a zoom lens one morning in the dahlia garden and waited. I liked the special grace of this dahlia and was delighted when a bumblebee stopped for a sip of nectar. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 300mm [600mm in full-frame 35m equivalent]), f/7.1, 1/200 sec., ISO 400, filtered morning sun, handheld.)

Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (March 2013)

Selected for “Imagined Realities” Art Exhibition at PS Zask Gallery in Rancho Palos Verdes, California (May 11 to June 26, 2013); framed print sold.

Top 10 in “Bees/Wasps on Multicolored Flower” challenge in Bees & Wasps group (November 2013)

Featured in Tiny Creatures in Macro (12 April 2014)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 2 years ago

    Bees of several kinds really love the dahlias, and so I mounted a zoom lens one morning in the dahlia garden and waited. I liked the special grace of this dahlia and was delighted when a bumblebee stopped for a sip of nectar. (This image has been chosen to appear in a May 2013 art gallery show in Southern California. Details to be provided in my journal.)

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 2 years ago

    Simply beautiful love the dhalia curling petals and the bee.
    Roll on when Bees arrive in my garden.

  • Thank you, Karen! Yes, the bees are always such a welcome sight!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devinealmost 2 years ago

    Very bold and dramatic presentation! Love the sweeps of the petals. How is a bumblebee different from a honeybee?We don’t have them in Australia.

  • Thanks very much, Bette! Bumblebees are mostly Northern Hemisphere creatures (although they have been introduced to Tasmania, as Sharon notes below). They are similar to honeybees in many ways although generally larger and less aggressive. See Wikipedia.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devinealmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the selection for the art gallery!

  • Thank you! This is one of six photos that will be part of the May gallery show. I am preparing to order prints and realized this image was not in my RB portfolio, which is why I just added it.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Housealmost 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured Celeste. I love the colours of the dahlia along with the wonderful fall of the petals….
    I read with interest Bette’s comment ~ as I live in Australia (Tasmania) and we are indundated with bumble bees ~ and huge ones at that…lol

  • Thank you so much, Sharon! I saw in the Wikipedia article that bumblebees have been introduced to Tasmania. Yes, they are much larger than honeybees, but they are just as valuable (and less aggressive).

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work
    .

  • Thank you very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Jeanette Muhr
    Jeanette Muhralmost 2 years ago

  • Many thanks, Jeanette!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...almost 2 years ago

    Simply beautiful, Celeste!

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...almost 2 years ago

    . . . Got away from me . . Those curling dahlia petal shapes and their patterns of color are very alluring and the matching bee with his own patterns of color atop is so striking. Congratulations, Celeste, this is a real treasure.

  • Thank you very much, Katherine! I was very much attracted to the graceful petals of this dahlia, and I was extra happy when the bumblebee landed.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonalmost 2 years ago

    This dahlia does have a certain elegance to it. Your pov is so wonderful! This is gorgeous!

  • Many thanks, Kristi! My pov was aided by the raised beds and flat-topped stone walls in this garden. I was sitting on a wall, which allowed me to shoot up into the flower from a steady position.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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