Recently one of my uncles gave us a couple of sunflowers he had grown in his garden and I thought I’d practice a little with my camera. The stalks were very thick and to get them I had to use a saw to cut the tops off.

I think birds or something had already pulled a few seeds out here. The pattern they make is neat.

Bees and Squash Blossoms

I got my camera out this morning and took some photos of bees in the squash blossoms of my garden. This one bee was covered in so much pollen that it could barely fly. It still made it from plant to plant though, but every now and then it would have to stop and wipe its face off to see where it was going. I followed that one around for several photos and you’ll be able to tell which one it is each time you see it.

Some of these are cropped, but none are edited beyond that. It would have been really good to have had a macro lens for this, but I just use the one that came with my camera. Most of these photos are about 1000×667, so click view full size to see them like that.