I’ve discovered that my fountain is a lure not only for the birds in my yard but for bees as well. Apparently pollen gathering causes honeybees great thirst. I’ve been watching in fascination as they hover over the fountain then land and drink for minutes at a time as they leisurely slake their thirst. The xylosma shrubs in my yard are covered with tiny flowers that draw honeybees to swarm around them for days this time of year.

An added bonus for me was capturing a few reflections of the bees as they drank. Capturing a bee in flight and in focus, however, continues to elude me.

Focal Length 400mm, ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/250s, flash




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