Perseverance

 

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European honey bee (Apis mellifera) with pollen baskets almost fully loaded on a catkin of purple willow (Salix purpurea)

Photo taken in 2013.

Definitely one of my all time favourite.

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Many times I watch honey bees. When I was just a kid I was afraid of them, and only their name terrified me. Back then, saying honey bee would mean danger.
When I grow up, I realized how gentle they are if you are gentle with the, too.
I don’t know how gentle are the honey bees from the place where you live, but the one in the picture above ( an Apis mellifera) is very gentle. If a bee is on a flower and you bring your finger very, but very close to the flower and you touch the bee, she will avoid your finger and will continue to collect pollen. Only if you use force and pressure, be sure she will sting you.

Little friend

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Honey bee (Apis mellifera)

 

Bees do not visit all the flowers without discrimination, nor indeed do they seek to carry away entire those upon which they light, but rather, having taken so much as is adapted to their needs, they let the rest go.

St. Basil the Great

Small things and little worlds

Beautiful head of a butterfly
Beautiful head of a butterfly

We are surrounded by so many beautiful things and we don’t even know it. Or, worse, we say there is enough time for all.

Maybe there is enough time, but what if there is no more enough time for me (or you)?
What if this is the last day when I am able to see?

You don’t want to think about such things but yet…there are chances, unfortunately.

I keep asking myself what I will do if one day I will be a blind man?
How others will know what I was enjoying? How I will be able to show them the world as I saw it and yet not seeing it anymore?

My answer is: through the photographs I have taken.

There are some creepy portraits.
Bun even these terrifying insects have their own tender moments. In the photo above, this insect was cleaning(?) its antennae using gentle his feet.
But even these terrifying insects have their own tender moments. In the photo above, this insect was cleaning(?) its antennae using gentle his left  foot.
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I found this butterfly standing on this flower. The light was poor and it was windy. 

 

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How incredible are its antennae!

I try to document many things like my belongings, our garden, our street, our neighbours, my dogs, our neighbour’s plants, the fields around our village, the forests, clouds, trees, bugs, and many other things. I take photos of my family, of my friends and of strangers.

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Aster
Little insect, almost unnoticeable floating on water.
Little insect, almost unnoticeable floating on water.

You might say these things will always be there, or at least for a long time starting now. But the real live has proven to me that …you never know when you see something for the last time.

And I will give you two examples:
First one: about two years ago I was off for a while. When I returned home, I took my bicycle and had a ride. I was shocked to notice that somewhere, about 3 kilometers away our house, a large area of forest has been cut down.
By chance, just a few weeks before I had taken a few shots of some trees, branches and leaves from that place. I was sure they will still be there for a couple of years and I will keep returning year after year. I was so wrong…

Second one: my grandmother was blind for way too many years before she died…Then I didn’t understand her and neither her special needs. Maybe one day …I will…

Enjoy this journey called life. Take photos of your wife, husband, children, grandparents, friends, neighbours, even of yourself, of your belongings, of your street, of your town, of everything you enjoy and of many things which you think will be there at least for many years. You never know when they will disappear…

Have you noticed how beautiful are the wings of honey bees?
Have you noticed how beautiful are the wings of honey bees?
Their last pair of legs are special.
Their last pair of legs are special. They have a sort of baskets.
Honey bees collect pollen and carry it to the hives. Can you imagine the work behind your jar of honey from your kitchen?
Honey bees collect pollen and carry it to the hives. Can you imagine the work behind your jar of honey from your kitchen?
A flower for my grandparents…
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For all these photos (except the one of butterfly standing on flower), I used this lens

Fully loaded

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This photo shows one leg of a Honey bee (Apis mellifera), fully loaded with pollen.
The flower is a dandelion.

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I need some photo-help

Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

Hello everyone!

Today I have some questions for you. If you could write me at least one/some answer/s, I would be more than glad.

1st. What format do you use mainly for your photographs? 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1?

2nd. About exposure. Under what circumstances do you use Evaluative, Center weighted Avg or Spot?

3rd. When I edit my photos, I usually use Crop( only if I need), Exposure, Lighting, Color Balance, Sharpen, Noise and resize.   But here comes my question: in which order? What’s first and what’s last?

4th and the last one.  Using ISO, f/stop, aperture it’s very interesting, but can you give me some tips for birds in flight?

Thank you very much!

Cornel

New opportunities

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Every single day brings to us new opportunities, new ways to discover the nature, to discover ourselves.
A foggy day. Sounds terrible, right? (This is not true for those who live in Scotland, but this is the price they owe for rivers, lakes, sea).

When I started my ride, I was wondering what I was looking for, what were my aims.
I decided to find beauty.

But when your hands freeze to the camera, when the wind is blowing, when it’s cold outside and you are alone where is the beauty?

I strongly believe it’s first in you, and after everywhere you look.

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Stand up and express the beauty inside you!

Have a great week!

C.

Thank you

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Apiss mellifera

I say ” welcome” to my new followers.  I hope you will enjoy my photos (or at least some of them).

I am more than happy to reply to your comments, and answer to all of your questions (even if this might take me a while).

Cornel