02 Oct 12. We'll take a break from the landscapes today and venture back to that dahlia garden at the Silverdale post office. Along with the hundreds of lovely flowers were an equal number of pollinating insect, so many so, that I couldn't resist working on that perfect bee photo. Not there quite yet, but this one is getting closer. Still haven't quite got it down to where I can get a very sharp insect, an almost as sharp flower, and do it with the competition from the wind. Now, I could of course resort to the old photographic trick, still employed by thousands of very good photographers but generally not admitted, of capturing the insect, placing it in the refer to slow it down, and then placing it on the flower where desired and photographing it as it returns to normal body temp. In the process I'd likely get the insect doing what I'd like where I want it to be, but so far I've not resorted to that clever trick. So here you have a very active bee on a flower that is swaying in the wind and still reasonably sharp, caught in the act of retrieving some nectar. I've enhanced the bee a wee bit to compensate for the shadow on it's head, otherwise, it is a straight shot. D300s; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/800 sec @ f / 9.