Almost into the holiday season and in many ways it is fitting that this weeks theme challenge is Yellow. Takes me away from the doom and gloom of winter and this last week where the days have been nothing but miserable and grey. Saying that, I’m in a pretty good mood because unusually for me I’ve done the bulk of my Christmas present shopping. I’m normally a Christmas Eve guy, not because I can’t think what to get, I just enjoy that last minute thrill of wandering around the shops and getting into the Christmas spirit. Nowadays I think Christmas comes far to early. No sooner is Halloween (Trick or Treat) over and suddenly the shops are flooded with Christmas advertising.
Although I’m ahead I’ve still got a busy few days coming up, so here is my yellow.
I’d not long had the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens so I was still experimenting and although this might not be the greatest photograph the colour yellow is certainly present. Not only in the flower but also in the bee. Doesn’t it look really summery?
First and foremost, make it an obvious picture of colour! Rather than looking for rocks, leaves, trees, waterfalls, birds, flowers, fire hydrants, starfish, boats, orchards, or bridges, focus your energy and vision on red, blue, yellow, orange, green, or violet. Colour first, content second! – Bryan Peterson
What intrigues me though. Look at the wings of the bee, especially the right hand one. It is damaged and from what I have read it will not re-generate. Wear and tear like this is usually the sign of am older bee. Want to know more? Have a look at Bumblebee.Org where there is some amazing information about bees.
Now that I have got the challenge photograph and post out of the way it’s time for me to get in the Christmas spirit. If you don’t already know all of my blog photographs come with a Creative Commons, Attribution, Share Alike License, which means you are free to copy and use the images as long as you credit me. Full details of the license term can be found here.
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In the meantime I’d like to take this early opportunity to wish those of you who celebrate Christmas “A Merry Christmas” and more importantly to all of you “A Healthy and Happy New Year”
- California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists (yubanet.com)
- Natural Toxins in Nectar and Pollen May Poison Bees (scienceworldreport.com)
- Photographer Spotlight: Bruna Valença (flickr.net)