07 Sep 12. Situated between our two homes, as I've mentioned before, is Valley Nursery. On my first visit there I asked if it was O.K. to just come in and photograph the flowers and they said most certainly. So I've been taking short visits to do just that in between trips back and forth. With the wonderfully dry summer we've been experiencing there have been a lot of bees frequenting the flowers, and I've been trying throughout the summer to capture the perfect bee/flower combination. Still haven't got the shot I want, but it has been lots of fun trying. A couple days ago I had some fun working with one particular bee who was hopping about from one flower to another, back and forth, for several minutes, never spending more than a few seconds on any one blossom. Somehow I guess the pollen was always yellower on the other flower. The shots I got left the flower somewhat under represented, so I decided to work over the flower considerably while generally masking the bee so as to not affect it to the degree that I did the flower. I've manipulate the structure of the flower (micro contrast) and way over sharpened it for effect, which will be VERY apparent if you zoom in to 100%, but if you leave it at viewing size it should look quite good. I've also chosen to leave in potentially too much other material on the far right, but as the bee was staging from flower to flower, I felt that the additional material was part of the story, pictorially, as well as textually. Nikon D300s; Aperture Priority; 18 - 200; ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f /10.