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The Art Of Foraging by William Brennan

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Bumble bees generally visit flowers exhibiting the bee pollination syndrome. They will also tend to visit the same patches of flowers every day, as long as they continue to find nectar and pollen. Pollen is removed from flowers deliberately or incidentally by bumble bees. Incidental removal occurs when bumble bees come in contact with the anthers of a flower while collecting nectar. The bumble bee’s body hairs receive a dusting of pollen from the anthers, which is then groomed into the corbicula (“pollen basket”), as you can see here. These thistles were a big hit with the bumble bees in my yard for as long as they lasted. Many a great photo op was had in that short period of time. This was taken in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ USA with my Nikon D3100 and the85mm macro lens.

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forage, bumble bee, bee, insect, pollen, thistle

I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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Comments

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Lovely capture William

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

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

    Great macro shot, William….and the color is beautiful as well…..

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    21 December 2011 – 1 image per 24hrs!

  • patcheah
    patcheahover 2 years ago

    Stunning macro! Love it!

  • Thanks so much Pat! =)

    – William Brennan

  • walela
    walelaover 2 years ago

    Great shot

  • Thank you walela. I’m glad you liked it. =)

    – William Brennan

  • laruecherie
    laruecherieover 2 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature! It’s always an honor. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Yool
    Yoolover 2 years ago

  • It’s an honor to be featured in your group Yool. Thanks so much! =)

    – William Brennan

  • Briar Richard
    Briar Richardover 2 years ago

    A beautiful shot, Bill!

  • Thanks Briar!! =)

    – William Brennan

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 2 years ago

    So very beautiful artwork:) I love it.
    To considered your beautiful artwork is my happiness moment.
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    Best Regards & hugs,
    Sunny

  • Thank you for the nice comment Sunny. =)

    – William Brennan

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