With summer finally here (Based on it being consistently warm for over a week, rather than waking up to frost), it’s time to get close to all those pretty and buzzy and crawly things that are hanging around. Living at ground level with even minor flowers out front have yielded us assorted ants, spiders, wasps, and blue mud daubers in the yard, and we’re still getting into the swing of things.
Unfortunately mud daubers mainly eat spiders, which I like in order to keep other bugs at bay, and the beetles are eating all of Lauren’s basil, but still… LIFE!
Lauren’s parents have had many years to grow and cultivate assorted plants and flowers, as well as attract the things that are into that kind of stuff. From insects, to birds, to me.
There were a few different kinds of bees hanging around, and trying to identify this one showed me how many types of bees there are, and how little I know about them. Time for me to get educated.
I took this with my 90mm macro lens, shooting at 1/400 and f16 with an ISO of 500. Due to the bright afternoon sun, a flash wasn’t actually needed for general lighting, which makes things a lot easier to hold steady.
Note to self, get a flash bracket already…