There I was, setting up to photograph hostas, when I saw him out of the corner of my eye. There he was, a humongous bee, just sitting on top of one of the blooms. I never saw a bee sit this still before. Hmmm I said. Let’s move in for a few shots. These hostas will still be here later, but the bee?
He stared at me for a minute, then looked away. Guess he figured I wasn’t a threat after all. It was mutual — more or less. I hoped he stayed put and didn’t get pissed off at me. In retrospect, I’m pretty sure this guy was a drone.
Drones have much bigger eyes than worker bees and drones are stingless. Maybe he was tired from chasing the queen and stopped to rest? Who knows. I’m glad I spotted him and got some decent shots. Those eyes are incredible — Here’s looking at you sweetheart.
PS: I used Ilford PanF+. It’s a high resolution, smooth, low speed film that scans well. My workhorse B&W film is Ilford FP4+. It scans even better. I shoot it at ISO 250 and develop in Diafine. I have a couple dozen rolls of FP4+ in the back of my refrigerator. I want to try some B&W macros with it. Oh, and I got my color slides back Saturday. I have a few good ones that I’m saving for another time.