2009 - Orange Sunflower Bee

by J. R. Beatty

BEE ON ORANGE SUNFLOWER
BEE ON ORANGE SUNFLOWER
This beautiful orange sunflower picture was taken in a small neighborhood urban garden near a Whole Foods store in Cary, NC the very first photo shot with my new Pentax X70, 24X zoom camera in 2009. (Click on photos)

Only after I got home and downloaded all my pictures from that day, did I first see that a busy honey bee had been on the sunflower - unbeknown to me.


SUNFLOWER BEE
SUNFLOWER BEE
I copied and cropped most of the original photo and blew up the portion around the bee. I then saw the bee was covered with yellow pollen and the flower itself had unusual looking, long brown flower seeds.

They look almost like flexible cigarette safety matches as they begin to fall out and away. You can see the seeds' end-of-stalk heads reflect the light curiously - sort of multi-pointed, starry-like, reflective crystal glass.

I guess you could say that the bee had "photo-bombed" my simple picture. But this surprise made the photo so much more interesting and easier to view our God's Spectacular Creative Handiwork!