Sometimes, It’s Almost Too Beautiful To Describe
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It was just a little over a year ago that I began concentrating on photographing wildlife with a macro (close up) lens and a flash attachment. At the time I really had no idea what I was going to see when I started inspecting the small places in our world.
I was staggered by what I encountered. I’d never imagined that many of the things that we barely look at in our day-to-day lives could be so beautiful.
Such is the case with tonight’s subject. This is a sweat bee, a species of bee that is barely 1/4 inch long and that spends its life almost invisible to us. If we notice it at all, it is as a small buzzing creature that is attracted to the salt in our perspiration. I think that each of us has swatted more than a few of these tiny bees in our lifetimes.
How could something so incredibly beautiful have evolved? And, how could something so beautiful exist side by side with us humans with most of us never noticing it? It’s just amazing to me. And, yet, this insect is not unique. Our natural world is filled with thousands of species that are as gorgeous as is this little and totally unassuming bee. We just need to take the time to look closely.
Image made with a Canon 5Diii, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, ISO 200, M setting, f11 @ 1/160.