By Audrey Smith

A Goldenrod Brunch

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 40D
State/Province/Region
FL
Country
US
Nearest Area
Orlando
Town
Christmas
Brief Directions

From Interstate 95 in Titusville, take State Road 50 west to the small town of Christmas. Turn right on Fort Christmas Road, then bear to the right where the road forks onto Wheeler Road. After about a mile, Orlando Wetlands Park will be on your left.

Notes

Lying on my stomach in the middle of the flower patch gave me an unusual perspective of several species of bees and wasps. This image was made as I was trying to capture several species on the flowers; the thread-waisted wasp flew in at the last minute, adding the splash of red color and the action needed to complete the setup. My camera's AI Servo setting helped keep the insects in focus, as they were constantly moving among the flowers. Orlando Wetlands Park is a series of mitigation ponds about 30 miles east of the actual city of Orlando, where wildlife can make use of the ponds and natural surrounding areas.

Description

I know you can find a picture anywhere if you look hard enough, but this November morning found me completely unmotivated, even in an area I hadn't visited in awhile. After about 2.5 miles of hiking, I came upon this patch of goldenrod. I approached it with the idea of playing around with flower images, when I noticed several species of bees and wasps were busy gathering pollen. I got down in the middle of the flower patch and started following different bees, trying not to annoy them! This image shows American bumblebees, honeybees, and a thread-waisted wasp (Ammophila species).

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22/11/2011

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