Blue water lily and a bee

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

This shot is almost a dream for me. I dreamt of taking close-ups of insects. Here I was in the right position, squatting on the edge of the pond, waiting for this lovely insect to pass by, stop over and provide these shots.

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Came again after a while to the same flower.

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

From another side.

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Lebanon, OR

great pictures, thank you for sharing

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

Dinu: what a gorgeous lilly, waterlillies are royalty. Thanks.

So. Puget Sound, WA(Zone 8b)

Such a cooperative little bee. And the lily is breathtaking!

Tolleson, AZ(Zone 9a)

Dinu you are talented!! These are great pictures!!

The Woodlands, TX(Zone 9a)

Those are breathtaking shots! It looks like the lily is lit from beneath. Beautiful! I know how excited you must be.

Whidbey Island, WA(Zone 7a)

Wow. And I do mean wow!!! Fabulous shot.

(Zone 5a)

Nice shot!

NW Qtr, AR(Zone 6a)

Ah Hah!

So it's true! The Lumination Lily really does exist! (hee)

A sublime capture, Dinu!!

- Magpye

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

What I love so much about the second one is that you can really see the blue-colored lines on the bee....AND the lavender piece of the lily (sorry I don't remember parts of plants from high school!! :) that intersects his body makes for photographic ART!! :)

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Thanks. What I'd have loved is the lines on the bee's wings. That would have given me an even better shot. I hope I will get it some day.

Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

Wonderful photos Dinu. The bee is very exotic with its striped abdomen, and pollen encrusted legs, but I am blown away by the water lily. I've never seen anything so bright and vibrant, like a floral volcano afire in the midst of erupting. Your photographic skills are great. Is there a name for that water lily ?

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Now, this is with a Canon 550d. I'm amazed at my older pictures with the Fuji FinePix A120.

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(Zone 5a)

Dinu, I too am amazed at the quality of the Fuji pictures. I just got a new Canon and it takes pretty good pictures. I still like my Kodak point and shoot.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

It is such a basic camera, the Fuji, which is malfunctioning now and so not in use. The FZ8 too is doing really well with macros.

(Zone 5a)

Dinu, lately so many people have had their cameras in the shop. Some of us went ahead and got a second camera. I went with a Canon SX 30 and really like it. It's a bit heavier and larger than the Kodak, but it fits my hand well and I like the newer features such more pixels, wider angle and a much larger zoom. Zoom is what I did all my research on.

I haven't done much with the Macro yet. I got the camera after Christmas and ended up sick in February and March. Add that to snow that wasn't pretty and no sun most of the year, I haven't taken many nice pictures, LOL!

I can't wait to re-shoot all my flowers this year :o)

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Oh Billy, hope you are in your normal health now. Sun! Only a few days in a year that the clouds come in between Him and us here in Mysore and all the rest he is available. He supplies so much energy. We have in our home a small unit that gives solar power to a few lights which we use at nights for a couple of hours to save on electric power and at times when load shedding is on, it is very handy.

We look forward to your pictures, whenever you take. Sometimes it is fun to redo the work! Every new day is a fresh day!

Athens, PA

Billy - I got a canon 3100 last year. I really love mine. I do think it takes better pictures than my Kodak Easyshare took - I cannot wait to take pictures of the flowers this year too! I hope you are feeling better....

(Zone 5a)

Dinu, we have had more clouds since January than I ever remember. It also seems to be windier and I hear that from others all over the states. Iowa does have a lot of wind turbines and I'm glad someone is using them. When we do have sun, we also have a lot of airplanes and the contrails will act just like a cloud. I hope we see a lot more sun this year, even if it does get hot. Lucky you to be able to use solar power!

Carolyn, I still like my point and shoot for some pictures, but I look forward to really using the Canon! So far it seems true on color.

Thanks to both of you. I am finally getting back the muscle I lost from laying around for two weeks at a time. It's amazing how fast you can lose it! I mowed the high spots in the yard the other day and wasn't tired, so I think I'm cured!

Mirpur (A.K), Pakistan(Zone 9b)

Dinu
Your photos are excellent and the bloom is really so pretty. Wish to grab it

Kaleem

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Carolyn, hope you have shared your 3100 pictures.

billyporter, Renewable energy, rainwater harvesting are words that we often hear but practised less, despite new laws. It is now compulsory to install both (solar water heater/light) in new homes otherwise they will not issue the completion report (CR) that is an essential document in cases where the house is to be further sold. For our new house, we have to make it, but many people use underhand methods to get the CR.

Kaleem, Nice to hear from you, thanks. Hope all is well with you - it's been a long time since I saw your posting! Am sure you are all well and safe.

(Zone 5a)

Dinu, I think it's great that new homes have to have these things. It's a shame people don't care to think about how important these things might be in the distant future. I wish they would make decisions like that here in the states.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

billy, people in many places are not aware of the potential dangers that would befall on earthizens if we continue to disregard Mother Earth like that and squeezing all natural resources like this. Things have to happen from grass-root level.

(Zone 5a)

Dinu, and water is the most important thing to save right now.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

This time it is an Eleutherine flower that opens in the evening that attracts this blue banded bee.

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(Zone 5a)

Dinu, such a pretty little bloom.
That is another a fantastic shot! I can even see the blur of wings. I am so amazed at the detail we can capture with our own cameras. I wish it would warm up. I'd like to get out and try the macro on my new camera.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Thanks billy, it was with Canon 550d using macro setting, auto focus. Waited for it to arrive at that flower!

Omaha, NE(Zone 5a)

Wow Dinu!!! That is an AMAZING shot! Definitely belongs in a magazine!

(Zone 5a)

Dinu, I was thinking about my camera this morning and realized I need to review the booklet. I've forgotten how to macro with it already, LOL!

Even with the autofocus, you still had to ''pull the trigger'' and your ''shot'' was well timed!

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Yes, I really enjoyed that shot. I have cropped it a bit to bring out the blur of wings closer for view! I wonder how you can forget the basic settings of your camera!

Thanks avianut. That's a genuine inspiration and I'll try to better it!

(Zone 5a)

Dinu, LOL! It's brand new and has a lot more bells and whistles than the little Kodak! I actually had to Google the manual because the booklet that came with it was no help at all! I need to be on the computer when I want to play with the settings.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

I don't think they would make it so complicated. Those 'bells' would drain out batteries faster with every beep. I have muted those sounds in both my cameras - the Sony W150 and Lumix FZ8.

(Zone 5a)

Dinu, there are so many options. If this camera lasts as long as the Kodak, and I'm still using that camera, I may be glad I have all of them.

Actually, I left a few noises on, like when I snap the picture. I kind of like it. With the new big batteries, I don't have to charge it so often.

These pictures amaze me. I took them both right after the other and they ar almost identical in color.

This is with the new camera, Canon

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(Zone 5a)

And my old camera, Kodak

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Athens, PA

Billy -

I love my Canon. I have a battery charger that I just pop the battery out of the camera and into the charger and then plug the entire unit into the wall. Everything is charged in an hour or two. The charger unit came with my camera. Do you have one?

(Zone 5a)

I love mine too! Even tho it's bigger, I love how it fits in my hand. I feel more like a pro, LOL!

We ordered a second battery and have a small unit that plugs in. In two hours I have a new battery, as opposed to the 6 hours it takes for the Kodak's double A's. I have to set the timer so I don't forget about it.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

I keep four sets of batteries, double A's, all charged so I can quickly switch out the dead ones and keep on click'n. they do take forever to recharge.

(Zone 5a)

So do I. I've had the Kodak since 2006 and I am only up to 8 batteries. The first 4 finally wouldn't hold a charge anymore.

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