Yellow Bee on Yellow Flower

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Yellow.

When we visited Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday, we worked hard to capture images of bees, butterflies, and other flying insects as they flitted among the many beautiful flowers.  Here is one yellow bee that stayed put on one yellow flower long enough for a quick photo.

This photo was taken on August 15, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 100, f/9.0, 1/15 sec, 135 mm.

The Flower Seller

One of the byproducts of religion in India is the use of beautiful flowers. Our favorite stop in our first day in Bangalore was at the Flower Market. There is a sense of real life there that seems missing in places oriented towards tourists. It is beautiful, squalid, chaotic, and organized all at the same time. The people are there to live their lives and they are fascinating.

The typical photo of the market is this one, taken from a second floor balcony. It is beautiful but every tourist takes it.

We prefer this one showing an individual seller in an instant of time going about her life.

Focused on Flowers — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F – Topic is Fun or Flowers

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F – Topic is Fun or Flowers.

This photo of flowers was taken at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia.  With a shallow depth of field, I focused on the flower in front.

This photo was taken on August 30, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/4000 sec, 55 mm

Bangkok Fruit Seller’s Bicycle — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows.

In addition to seeing its many temples, no visit to Bangkok’s Chinatown is really complete without a visit to the sprawling Pak Klong Talad Flower and Vegetable Market. Coming from Wat Arun on the other side of the Chao Phraya River, we exited our river boat at stop N6, Tha Memorial Bridge, to continue back to our hotel in Chinatown.  With a small detour, we could also visit the market. In addition to the wholesalers inside the market, there are many individual proprietors selling small amounts from their personal vehicles, e.g., carts or bicycles, parked in the streets or on the sidewalks beside the large market.  The owner of this bicycle is selling lemons from a basket on the handlebars.

This photo was taken on Jan 31,2017. Specs are:

Canon SL1, ISO 400,  f/5.6, 1/1250 sec, 20mm

 

A Close Look – 52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 32 – Shallow Depth of Field

This is our entry in The Girl That Dreams Awake’s 52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 32 – SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD.

This photo of a lily focuses on the stigma of the pistil and the closest anthers of the filaments. The rest of the pistil, stamens, and petals are outside the depth of field.

This photo was taken on October 23, 2016. For the lens used, this was the widest aperture and longest focal length at minimum focusing distance. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/25 sec, 55 mm

Orange Against a Blue Sky – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: View from the Back, Bottom or Underneath

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: View from the Back, Bottom or Underneath.

Orange against blue
Orange Against a Blue Sky

This photo was taken in the garden of the Queen Chedi of Doi Inthanon near Chiang Mai, Thailand. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/11, 1/100 sec, 45 mm