Three Forks, Montana

Yellow Jacket on Long Stem Buttercup Flower

June 12, 2022

I went over to the Acton Arboretum with my camera, a 80-300mm full frame equivalent zoom lens, and a fold-up stool, hoping to get a nice photo or two.  I had been led to believe from my weather app that the sky would be overcast so as to provide lots of diffused light.  However, the sky remained blue and the light was harsh.  I did try to take photos in the shade where ever possible, but this one was in bright daylight. 

Buttercups are quite shiny.  You can see on the left side of the flower a few specular highlights. I'd prefer not to have the highlights, but you get what you get.

Normally I would try to focus on the eyes of an insect, but this honey bee never gave me the chance, and flew off while still revealing only its backside to me.  Nevertheless, I really like this composition.  The body of the bee is rather symetrical, as is the flower. And the bright yellow stripes match nicely the yellow color of the blossom.

Beyond that, I like the simplicity of the photo. Rather delicate and minimalistic.

I've added this image to my 2022 collection of photos taken at Acton Arboretum:


Honey Bee on Long Stem ButtercupHoney Bee on Long Stem ButtercupOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA