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Is it November?

Is it November?
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 62 mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-07 20:46
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Points: 106
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Yes, it is our Odessa November. I do not want that the summer come to end. And we have unbelievable autumn this year. Until last days the daily temperature was about 18C. (However, today it is already enough cold.) I do not remember such warm October and beginning of November. And I am impressed so much with abundance of blossoming wild and garden flowers. These ones are from our countryside garden. It is true that these flowers are cultivated. However, little hardworking bee have helped me to present here this unique for our November colour palette as well as results of my so hardworking wife efforts. She has landed these flowers for the first time, and they please various insects and us very much.

Honey bee

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants. Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea, presently classified by the unranked taxon name Anthophila. There are nearly 20,000 known species of bee, in nine recognized families,[1] though many are undescribed and the actual number is probably higher. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants.

Bees are adapted for feeding on nectar and pollen, the former primarily as an energy source, and the latter primarily for protein and other nutrients. Most pollen is used as food for larvae.

Bees have a long proboscis (a complex "tongue") that enables them to obtain the nectar from flowers. They have antennae almost universally made up of 13 segments in males and twelve in females, as is typical for the superfamily. Bees all have two pairs of wings, the hind pair being the smaller of the two; in a very few species, one sex or caste has relatively short wings that make flight difficult or impossible, but none is wingless.

The smallest bee is Trigona minima, a stingless bee whose workers are about 2.1 mm (5/64") long. The largest bee in the world is Megachile pluto, a leafcutter bee whose females can attain a length of 39 mm (1.5"). Members of the family Halictidae, or sweat bees, are the most common type of bee in the Northern Hemisphere, though they are small and often mistaken for wasps or flies.

The best-known bee species is the European honey bee, which, as its name suggests, produces honey, as do a few other types of bee. Human management of this species is known as beekeeping or apiculture.

Bees are the favorite meal of Merops apiaster, the bee-eater bird. Other common predators are kingbirds, mockingbirds, bee wolves, and dragonflies.

Source: Bee.

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Gosh...this time of the year it almost seems crazy...We had not a real Indian summer here just a milder than usual but most like the rest and now told for a harsh winter again...Not sure how many more I can take...I am running low on cameras and moeny:-) but thanks to people like you and your images I am still motivated.

Ciao Alexei,
l'esplosione di luce e colori non fanno certo pensare ad un grigio novembre piovoso e freddo, questa bellissima immagine è un'inno alla bella stagione e possiamo "virtualmente" apprezzarla; meravigliosa composizione con eccellenti dettagli e magnifici colori.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-07 22:47]

Hello Alexei,
Incredible that this is a November shot! We could not do this in Sweden!
An excellent capture of a honey bee at work on the pink Cosmos(?) flowers taken from a great POV in superb lighting and contrast against a contrasting OOF natural BG.
Thanks for sharing this,
Have a good weekend,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-07 23:06]

Hola Alexei,
preciosos colores,
la iluminación es magnífica...
atractivo tu trabajo amigo,

Hi Alexei,
be happy for your summer weather, I would, up here is it
grey and rainy with quite cold nights.
This is a beautiful flower with lovely colours.
Well composed with fine details and good exposure, the insect is a real bonus.
Well done, old friend.
Have a great weekend.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-08 0:37]

Hi Alex,
Very nice compositon.Clear details,lighting,colors,3D effect and POV are wonderful.Excellent macro work!
Thanks for posting...

it's almost a spring photo Alexei
very nice and clear photo from not a november moment but a may moment, thanks for sharing my friend.
have a fine weekend.
regard Jaap

Congratulations to your wife on cultivating such finely formed and coloured flowers Alexei, that small bee also seems to appreciate her efforts! A finely exposed beautiful image my friend, thank you for sharing it with us...

hello alexei,
what a lovely shot, i just loved the light falling on the petals and on the insect, the micro nikkor is very sharp in your hands, i loved your eralier macro shots with minolta too very much. well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Alexei,

Good composion from the Bee and the flowers.
Great sharpness and beautiful colours.


Hi Alexei,
wow, this sharpness and those brilliant colours are perfect.
You made my day - this shot is so sunny and brings me right into good mood.
Yes, also here it is warm - unusual for November. Thanks so much for this shot, I realy love it
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-08 7:12]

Hello Alexei,
perfect closeup in sharpness, vivid colour and details
very well composed with a useful notes
well done
Best regards Siggi

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-11-08 8:40]

Hello Alexei,
You have Black Sea and we have Baltic Sea. We have good weather although only 5 degree but only 6 November was first ground frost. Fro your photo emit warm, superb flowers in full light.
Regards, Pawel
P.S. Congratulations of new equipment.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-08 9:48]

Hello Alexei,

It was necesarry to mention the date you have taken the photo as the image makes me think to spring or early summer. You have captured a very fine light rendering such a rechness of color tones. Flower colors matches fine with the background. I must say the sharpness of the image is astonishing and even finest details of the flowers can be well seen.

Thank you for sharing,

Ciao Alexei, splendid flower and lovely busy bee with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-08 11:48]

Hi Alexei. Is this what global warming is all about . We dont have it in England at the moment . Dull and wet. This picture is just what you need to brighten a wet dark evening . Bright colours and shrp detail. With a bee as a bonus. well done TFS. interesting notes too.

Hello Alexei,

The weather is really topsy-turvy!
We had no summer, then snow in October and now the polygoniums are flowering and don't normally appear until early spring!

Make the most of the good weather and the beautiful blossoms! This is a particularly beautiful, pink flower sharply focussed and displaying good colour and textural details. The light is bright and creating the most delicate shadows and colour tones on the petals. The little visitor is equally well defined and is a bonus!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-08 13:22]

Hello Alexei,
Excellent macro.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

Such beautiful lighting and great color. An absolutely lovely shot.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-08 15:36]

Hi Alex,i can't believe in this pic taken in November in your country!! The weather is reaaly change,in my country too the temperaures are nices,my best compliments for this top quality pic,colors and sharpness very very nices,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-08 19:24]

Hello Alexei,
I am always blown away by the fantastic images you are able the capture the quality of which is second to none, thank you Alexei.

Hello Alexei
This is a 3 in 1 beautiful image in my opinion.
1.The vividly bright colour of the flower on your photo. It is really appealing and both the petals and the anthers are well displayed and the details are clearly seen.
2.The honey bee which I am sure is having a ball in that flowers nectar. The light falling on its wings makes it shine beautifully.
3.However the most gorgeous is the unopened blossom buds. I cannot let an image pass if I see a flower bud. It just gives such meaning to any image.
Overall a wonderful presentation, with good camera work and some great notes. I know how you feel not wanting a preferred season to end as it feels like you have to wait so long for photographic opportunities for that specific season to return. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-09 0:25]

Hi Alexei

You are right...here, too, we have an incredibly warm autumn. It's just got a bit colder now (the past few days) but so far it's been really hot, i could say.

This is a nice example that the plants don't really understand what's going on and they are blooming...i'm afraid it's not natural and that they will freeze soon.
Yet, you presentation is lovely, with gorgeous tones on the flowers and excellent details on the honey bee. I like the fact hat you've used a smaller apperture here and got the entire flower in focus...it gives this macro a more special feeling.

Bravo and TFS

Un bel ensemble plutôt printanier !
Bonne journée.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-09 10:24]

Fantastic macro Alexei, there is so much great details in this image. It's beatiful and technically perfect, well done!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-09 13:53]

What a lovely shot, Alexei!
The colours are just wonderful.
Very sharp with great colours.
Excellent DOF.

Well done,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-11-09 22:34]

Hi Alex!

November or not... your picture is delightful, so delicate and with a wonderful "piqué". It's crystal clear and the great depth of view adds to the value of the picture. I also appreciate the simplicity of the subject as well as of the composition. It's also accompanied by interesting notes.

Kind regards


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-09 22:53]

Hi Alexei

A great shot - well composed with superb lighting and colours.



Brilliant yellow pink and perfectly exposed. Nice shot, well composed with fine POV.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-10 2:22]
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hello Alex,
I see that you have changed a little your style and approach in the last pictures. You give us more to know about the environment and you use less the flash. The result gives very natural pictures. I like this one especially for the fine color-palette which reflects the sunny atmosphere of your garden. Really well done

Hi Alex
Beautiful, razor sharp image. It looks like a full time summer :-) I am in Spainn right now and it is also warm and sunny but not so warm as in Odessa
Thank you for this beautiful elegant image

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-10 16:56]

Hi Alexei,

Are you sure this wasn't taken during the summer? The beautiful flowers with the bee surely do not look like a November sight. The lovely buds are a promise of more to come. The weather has even turned here in Arizona. Wonderful colors, marvelous details of the petals and a stunning composition. The bee is a bonus!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-10 21:43]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding image with such lovely soft colours and great clarity. Expert handling of harsh lighting and the tiny bee, being the central character, enjoys all the attention. A vibrant image which pleases my heart and I expect nothing less than this from THE MASTER. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-11 2:55]

Hi Alexei,
I like the focus, sharpness, details, and lighting. TFS

Hi dear Alexei ,
So nice shot.It is fresh and clean shot.
Great details and nice sharpness.
Lovely shot.
Thanks for sharing dear Alexei.

Kind regards

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-11 9:21]

Hi Alexei
exellent sharp and detail
wonderfull composition and color
very well done.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-11-11 9:36]

Hola Alexei.
I guess the weather is changing in all places arround the world, and some times I am so sad about it, thinking what is going to be in the next future. We all have to work hard to give a nice planet to the next generations.
Beautiful colorfull Macro. excellent details in flowers and the honney bee. You are doing a great use of the new camera and lenses.
TFS My good friend. Take care.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-11 12:09]

hello my friend
beautiful flower and wonderful capture
POV, DOF, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

Hello Alexei,
Lovely shot! Very fresh and very summery colours. Can't believe it was so warm on the continent while in London we has some nights with temperatures reaching zero.
Great job!

Hello Alexei
wonderful macro-shot again. excellent sharp focus and POV/OOF. Coloration and lighting superb, but plain BG and composition also great. great work indeed. Thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes my friend

seems a picture spring, with the bees looking for nectar and not full autumn.
Even by us in previous days there have been days with a still hot sun, and you could find in the meadows still numerous butterflys.
good composition Alexei
best sERGIO

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-11-13 8:44]

This is an amazing shot with a dazzling sharpness Dear Alexei! I like all the details in the shot that somehow relaxes and calms the mind. Very nice inclusion of the bee.

Linda foto dessa belas flores Alexei!
Este tom de rosa suave é maravilhoso; lindos detalhes, ótima luz e composição.
Grande abraço,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-11-13 13:10]
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What a marvellous warm picture and how beautiful these flowers! I had never seen them, don't you know their name? Beautiful bee too with excellent sharp details. Luck for it that autum has been so warm this year, even in those cold places.
My compliments and best regards.

hello Alex
Very nice details, colors, exposure and contrast for the bee and the colorful flowers.
Very particular with a great focusing on the main subjects giving depth to photo. All perfectly balanced or in the colors that in the light

GREAT "EXTENDED" warmth!!!
I took some images of a "hover fly" in late October.
Shall post it tomorrow if I feel well.
Love your notes on this one.
The lighting is superb.
Friendly greetings from

I too am amazed, Alexei. The warm weather continues into November in your country and garden flowers are still blooming.
The bee on these lovely Cosmos flowers does offer you a chance to make it a two-subject image. The flowers have a spring-like quality about them and their pink colour is so very refreshing. The Bee too looks good in this set up.
Thanks for sharing the picture and best regards.

Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this beautiful cosmos flower along with the bee within it. Superb details and a lovely light work as always. Excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Alexei,
Technically well done as always; for instance the sharpness and depth of field. Beautiful natural light.
Well done

Hello Alexei,
Very nice capture of these november flowers and bee, excellent, sharpness and depth of field, beautiful vivid colors and very good details.

Optimistic, colourful, and full of possitive energy - these are elements of your picture which I like the most in these grey and cold November's days :)
Best greetings from Lodz!

Warm sunny look Alexei, excellent light & color..
Just the ticket to warm one up from the winter-time blues :)
My flowers have been gone for two weeks now, the last cold snap did em' in..
Thank you for this,

Hello my dear old friend Alexei,
You never failed me with any of your quality posting from the past! your talent in photographing nature especially in macro is a great contribution towards this great site of the natural world, much appreciated for your wonderful works!
this is a fine and beautiful image looks cheerful and pleasant under the bright sunlight with those wonderful colours around! pleasing to the eyes!
the sharpness with precise details is in top norch quality!
my sincere compliment!
warmest regards from an old friend

Hi Alexei.

The quality of this shot is flawless and the framing of the subject is just brilliant. So much vibrancy with tact sharp focus of this dream optics (I am wishing for one). Very good contribution and have a wonderful weekend ahead.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-14 0:59]

Hi alex,
superbs clarity and sharpness. Everything is so clear and natural.
Well composed with the bee busying around .
Pleasant shot of nature in action and the flower with buds at its best time.


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