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Sunflowers, bees and lakeside flowers.

August 17, 2010

Unfortunately the previous weekend ended with a rather dreary rainy Sunday, luckily on Saturday the weather was good, save for a few brief rain showers and some intermittent cloud cover.

Went out and after a late lunch on a restaurant terrace overlooking a small lake, took a stroll through the adjacent nature park.

Sunflower and bee

In a forlorn corner near some trees by the edge of the lake, spotted a row of sunflowers which were the target of some avid bees.

Flowers at the lake's edge

While nice, the park and lake weren’t very impressive in terms of various flora. Only saw a few flowery plants here and there, so definitely wanted a photo of these lovely purple ones.

Sunflower and bee

Was able to photograph these sunflowers while the sun was shining, which gave them a nice colorful punch. It became overcast later on, so unmounted the polarization filter and also had to increase the shutter time.

Random flower in the park

There were a few flowers as this one on a small bush, most had wilted away though. Too bad I had left my bag with tripod and macro lens in the car, else could have gone for a macro shot of the water drops on the flower and buds.

Sunflower and bumble bee

Next to regular bees, the sunflowers were also visited by bumble bees like this big fellow who seemed to leisurely rest on the sunflower without moving much.

Random flower in the park

Carrying the Canon 450D with the 15-85mm is hassle-free, it’s a good general purpose, walk around lens, nonetheless sometimes do wish I had a more convenient camera bag like a Tenba Shootout Sling type instead of the Canon Gadget 10EG.

You can always see more of my photos on Flickr.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2010 7:26 am

    I have been looking at a convenient way to carry my tripod with me on the go, the deviantART bag seems to have that feature, not sure how well it will work.

  2. August 18, 2010 8:00 pm

    @Wolfheinrich
    Have been looking at several sling type bags and other backpacks, but many can be rather expensive, so haven’t decided on any yet.

  3. August 19, 2010 4:44 am

    Nice photos. Seems like the lens does pretty decent with semi-macro type shots.

  4. August 19, 2010 3:45 pm

    these are very nice sunflower pictures,the ones in my garden aren’t that pretty =D

    Im a bit surprised that the other plants from your pictures also grow in my region.

  5. August 19, 2010 10:15 pm

    @anonymous_object
    Indeed, certainly when there’s plenty of light like that it performs quite well, for close-ups too. It’s a nice all-rounder.
    @Fabienne
    Did take photos of the prettiest ones as some had wilted. Mhh, well these photos were taken in Belgium, so shouldn’t be too far off from you, no?

  6. August 20, 2010 12:47 pm

    ah Belgium I see
    well Im from germany ;D

  7. August 22, 2010 11:00 pm

    Nice photos! I love that one with the bumblebee. It just feels so furry, soft and warm.

  8. August 23, 2010 7:48 pm

    @Yi
    It may look that way but I wouldn’t go and try to pet it or such… ^^;;

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