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Pictures for Pam, Day 85: Dreamy Mason Bee

Pictures for Pam, Day 85: Dreamy Mason Bee
(+1 inset & four notes to read) (Viewing large is recommended for dreamier details! :)

Stepping outside for my walk today, I smiled as I was greeted by the joyful chorus of frogs down at the pond. The temperature's creeped up to a seasonally warm 40°F this morning, but it's not going to last. The forecast promises a dip into the 20's in the next few days so I expect the frogs will need to retreat to their holes until it warms up again.

I know that you US Mid- and East-Coasters are laughing at those numbers given the unbelievable cold you've had to endure lately. I hope you're all faring alright. At times like that I worry about power outages and keeping warm. We've had the terrible combination of extreme cold and power outages with only space heaters to keep us warm until the power returned many hours later. It's no fun and it can be scary too.

I do hope that you have taken advantage of the rare conditions…my eyes gleam thinking about the macro candy land that extreme cold brings with it, though one must be very economical with the pictures you take and stay out for only a few minutes. I do look forward to seeing some of the unique images that come from the polar vortex.

Yesterday I went out for some frosty pictures and as I left the house with my camera, I noticed what appeared to be a green bottle fly huddled on the porch wall. Something about it didn't quite look right but I didn't have time to take a closer peek. I was on a mission to get pictures of the "frost bush" next to the sporophytes down at the gate and my 15-Minute Cold Timer began ticking the second I left the house. I have learned to respect that timer…if I don't my extremities get excruciatingly, painfully cold. A fly was not worth my attention.

When I returned to the house I saw the fly again and couldn't resist bending down to stare at it. Instantly I saw what seemed off to me. It wasn't a fly at all--it was a sweat bee*! And the largest I'd ever seen, in fact. These bees tend to be quite small, but this one was the same size as a green bottle fly. (Sweat Bees range in size between 0.12 to 0.40 in / 3 to 10 mm, while Bottle Flies range between 0.28 to 0.63 in / 7 to 16 mm) *NOTE: This is actually a MASON BEE and was identified on the Bug Guide

Such a gorgeous and special find was irresistible and I took a few pictures before diving into the warmth of the house, fingers and toes burning from the cold. I didn't expect to get anything good from my quick snaps but as you can see, I managed to get a winner! You'll notice that I dressed up the white wall setting with some filters and the outcome worked out very nicely I think. :)

I'm also including a panorama of a lovely afternoon a couple of days ago. We really do get some incredible views!

Pam, are you guys in the polar vortex region? If so, I hope that you don't get any power outages and have backup heating just in case! Stay warm! *BIG HUGGGGGS from southern Oregon* :)

Brunot, Imogen, * ઇઉ *, Holger Hagen and 44 other people have particularly liked this photo

37 comments - The latest ones
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What a sweet little thing. This is a superb picture of a beautiful little bug. The colours are amazing and as for the panorama of the area around you - you are oh so lucky to have such fabulous views near you. I love seascapes, but I must admit, those views are a very close second.
20 months ago.
micritter club
Wow! Now that is a macro! Terrific colors and superb fine details. The panorama is also beautiful.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
Dinesh club
I love frogs and their songs as well.....!

20 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome macro and PIP!

Admired in:
20 months ago.
Stormlizard club
Well detailed macro of the unusually coloured Bee Janet.
20 months ago.
neira-Dan club
ouah !! excellente macro
20 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
This bee is amazing !!!!!****************************
20 months ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Excellent travail photographique! Bon fin de semaine!!
20 months ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall club
Great macro Janet
20 months ago.
uwschu club
Coole Augen, erinnert mich etwas an "Lilo und Stitch" :-))
20 months ago.
Matt club
I also prefer summer and not winter time. And thoe story behind your perfect macro shot provides also the feeling of a warmer season. RE: Thanks for being interested in the "making of" of my image "another lind of winter light". I used a tele lens for this capture and I'm pretty sure, that there is no tele lens on the market producing such a bokeh with the exception of the Canon 85mm f1.2 lens. But it was not used here. So the part of the warm light refelction ist added by a texture. Nethertheless I hope, that the result is ok.
20 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Super shot of a bee I've not heard of before. Why is it called a sweat bee?
20 months ago.
tiabunna club
A lovely colourful macro of the bee and a beautiful panorama. I'm surprised that the frogs are out singing at temperatures like 40F (ours would stay rugged up in their froggy houses)!
20 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Une bien jolie macro, nette et précise !*********
Bon WE Janet.
20 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Excellent !!!!
20 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo avec note. Nicole.
20 months ago.
©UdoSm club
Very well done, Janet... *********
20 months ago.
cammino club
An excellent macro!!!
20 months ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
Lovely macro shot. The level of detail is amazing. All the best, Joe
20 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I'm really surprised by this shot as bees generally hibernate over winter...............I suspect your theory about why it it was there is correct............sadly, it may not survive it's excursion ;-(

Any.............your pic is outstanding! The colours, detail, sharpness are all perfect and the way you've processed with image is wonderfully subtle, yet beautiful.

I also love the image in your PiP. The quality of the light is simply stunning!
20 months ago.
 Karp Panta
Karp Panta club
Genial macro !!!
20 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
good macro.
20 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Marvelous macro Janet, like the detail and the beautiful colours.
20 months ago.
RHH club
That is really a cool shot, Janet and from a perfect pov. So much nicer than a Greenbottle, too. Superb photo with incredible detail. That eye is amazing and all those hairs are wonderful. Wonder what purpose they serve.

Been sick with some kind of flu the last few days - high fever, headaches and aches. Tried to keep up with commenting but didn't quite make it, though I did manage some posts. Apologies for being AWOL.

Thanks for the comments on the Flicker photos. Been trying to get more today but the House Sparrows have come around and are chasing everybody else away. Spilled some seed (mostly millet) and I think that attracted them.

Don't usually put out much millet for that reason - mostly black oil sunflower and other seeds that they don't usually pay much attention to. Don't want them around especially when I put up Bluebird houses since they are inclined to take over and I have to evict them.

Gray, damp and in the 40's here. No signs of spring. May not even take my camera along when I go for a walk later. Haven't had a chance yet since we have Neal (handicapped son) home today all day.
20 months ago.
 Pam J
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20 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Such a pretty bee. Don't suppose it will last long in your winter conditions. Poor, little thing!1
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
The bee looks so cute. It's skin shimmers like an emerald.
20 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
Waouh... excellent this macro Janet
thanks you for my groupe
ave a nice evening and a good week
20 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Toute belle macro ! bravo !
20 months ago.
Chrissy club
die ist irgendwie niedlich ...
20 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
so nice and sharp
20 months ago.
polytropos club
looks really cute!
20 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
I have to say, I much prefer your PiP to the main shot, which made me shiver when I first saw it. I have now looked closer and I can appreciate the fine detail you have captured......but I much prefer that gorgeous view in the PiP ;-))
Have a great new week Janet.
20 months ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Superb macro Janet. Love the panorama too.
20 months ago.
Imogen club
A beautiful bee, sympathetically captured; with lovely details.
20 months ago.
micritter club
I had to look at this again. What a fantastic bee photo. Amazing, sharp yet "fluffy" details and exceptional color.
19 months ago.
Brunot club
Superbe image !
17 months ago.

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