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A Honey Bee imposter drone-fly

A Honey Bee imposter drone-fly
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-28 1:21
Viewed: 4961
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Thou, born to sip the lake or spring,
Or quaff the waters of the stream,
Why hither come on vagrant wing?
Does Bacchus tempting seem,--
Did he for you this glass prepare?
Will I admit you to a share?

Did storms harass or foes perplex,
Did wasps or king-birds bring dismay--
Did wars distress, or labors vex,
Or did you miss your way?
A better seat you could not take
Than on the margin of this lake.

Welcome!--I hail you to my glass
All welcome, here, you find;
Here, let the cloud of trouble pass,
Here, be all care resigned.
This fluid never fails to please,
And drown the griefs of men or bees.

What forced you here we cannot know,
And you will scarcely tell,
But cheery we would have you go
And bid a glad farewell:
On lighter wings we bid you fly,
Your dart will now all foes defy.

Yet take not, oh! too deep a drink,
And in this ocean die;
Here bigger bees than you might sink,
Even bees full six feet high.
Like Pharaoh, then, you would be said
To perish in a sea of red.

Do as you please, your will is mine;
Enjoy it without fear,
And your grave will be this glass of wine,
Your epitaph--a tear--
Go, take your seat in Charon's boat;
We'll tell the hive, you died afloat.

- Philip Freneau

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hello Goldy, my dear friend.
very nice close-up for both insect and yellow flower. focus, POV, composition, colors and frame very nice. thanks for sharing. best wishes

Goldy...and this is a splendid artistic work and result that it fascinates!!!bravo!
TFS thanks for sharing

Hi brother Goldy...
Excellent catch...Wonderful colors with very good details...
I like it..TFS.

Hello Goldy! Very nice macro, good capture, very interesting poem, original post. Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-28 2:01]

Hello Goldy,
Special and very nice colour effect in this photo. Good result with the bee in the centre. Excellent POV and sharpness.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-09-28 2:08]

Hello Goldy,
great composition,beautiful colors ,very nice sharpness and detail!
Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-28 2:21]

Slav Goldy,
Very nice composition with great light and colors.TFS.

Hi Goldy,

Lovely 2-in-1 capture of the flower with well focused bee!
The sharpness and POV are perfect with great use of the shallow DOF.
There exists a great contrast between the yelow flower and the dark colored bee.
Well done, my friend!

best regards,

Ciao Goldy. Great POV and amazikng light. An artisitic coloured composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-28 6:57]
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Hello Goldie,
A nice macro of this honey bee-like hoverfly, a Drone-fly that is so-called because it resembles a male honey bee. This species of drone fly is likely to be of the Eristalis species. The lighting effect of the yellow flower is great and makes the drone fly look glorious!
Thanks for sharing this and the nice poem!All the best,

hello Goldy

Nature Morte style beautiful photo of the bee on his flower,
fine POV, fine focus excellent sharpness and details,
and a beautiful luminosity at the center of the image, TFS


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-28 9:20]

Hallo Goldy,

Nice macro. Exceptional color contrast and play it.
Have a good week,

Originalidad en la luz y en los colores.

Hello Goldy,

what a vry nice composition
I like this very well.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-09-28 11:51]

Hi Goldy,
ah this is lovely mate, it has a wonderful ambience and i like the central composition of the Bee, make the eye drawn to it...very nice.
(i like the poetry too, rare on TN these days)

Hello Goldy, perfect close up with excellent details and fine composition.
TFS and regards,

Hi My beloved L'il Bro Goldy,

An amazing and fantastic lighted macro capture of a bee from top POV with wonderful details and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-28 17:27]

Hi L'il Brother,

I love the poem and the picture. The insect and the yellow flower are fascinating. I love the artistic rendition. Very nice and very unusual.


Hi Goldy,

The close-up view is showing with precision the details and colors of the insect working on the flower. The subject is well framed. The yellow flower is making the insect to stand out. Have a nice day.


Ciao Goldy, fantastic light, splendid macro, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-10-03 22:38]

Hello Goldy !
I love this picture with the honey bee sitting right in the middle of a flower that looks like a sun, it's so pretty ! Composition and POV are just perfect, details are fine, and the black insect stands out so nicely on the yellow flower. Very well done !

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-21 4:59]
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Hi Goldy

Radiantly beautiful. It makes the light shine into the world from my monitor. Seems
like this little Drone fly is not just there for the nectar or the pollen, but it almost look
like it's getting charged up with the energy from a brilliant source of light. ELO (The
Electric Light Orchestra) has a beautiful song called: "The Power Of A Million Lights"
and this image spontaneously made me think of that song. This photo as got "power"
and it most certainly has got "light". Need I say any more?

After my long absence on the site I'm busy taking a tour trough the portfolios of some
of the old acquaintances. It is quite noticeable how your photography and skills have
improved over time. Hard work, persistence, and the guidance received from many of
the members on this site surely did have a positive influence.

Well done and TFS.

PS. I'm a sucker for a good poem and your choice was impeccable.

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