Our two-acre property was torn up by Hurricane Katrina, almost five years ago now—we lost 70 mature trees in our semi-rural area outside Covington, Louisiana. The destruction in the yard was mostly NOT covered by insurance, and it took us a couple of years to get things back to some semblance of normalcy. During that time, all manner of wild things grew; plants we’d never seen before would spring up in areas that hadn’t see a lawn mower in a year or so, in amongst the piles of heaped-up logs and treetops waiting for safe burning weather.
Now we have grass growing in sunny spots that used to be deeply shaded, and we’ve grown accustomed to our new, brighter habitat. One of the plants my wife has let grow up this Spring has been the milk thistle.
We have several of them and lately they’ve reached a good point for photography. I’ve been watching them, waiting for things to get interesting, and twice now I’ve gone out with my camera to shoot them. This first photo is from my second trip. Shooting up close, I was suddenly invaded by honeybees—several of them, who weren’t the least bit interested in me or my camera. They had work to do.
It poses a question in my mind though: feature something with a bee or without? My original attention was drawn simply to the prehistoric-looking beauty of these wild plants. Now the bees changed all of that.
Ultimately I decided to tone two of them. Any preference here? What do you guys think? I’m rather partial to my bee photograph.
Incidentally, the illusion of some type of camera zoom around the bee is simply that, an illusion. The shallow depth of focus and the ball-like shape of the thistle flower create the feeling of a zoom without having to employ any fancy camera work.
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