It is kind of a foolhardy task given my macro rig, but every once in a while I get the urge to try for some “flight” shots. I put that in quotes because really “hover” shots would be more accurate. Naturally hover flies (i.e. Family Syrphidae) are targets. Occasionally, I’ll go for a beetle. And sometimes I’ll go for a bee, usually a honeybee or as in this case a bumblebee. There really is not a good bet among them, although the hover flies and bees are a little easier to time. A beetle can be herky-jerky, and they have just as much chance of dropping like a stone into the underbrush as flying off into the bright blue. I suppose the bumblebees aren’t all that much easier; they have to dislodge themselves, often in that noisy, clumsy bumblebee way they have. They are kind of like someone driving a bigger car than they are used to, backing out slowly and erratically before peeling out in whatever direction they are headed.
The bumblebees love the rhododendrons, and in my unscientific opinion, especially the white flowers. I almost nailed this shot. I got great focus for a moving target and lined up a nice background. Unfortunately, my trigger finger was a little slow, and I only got the head — a nice head though! The “tongue” hanging out is the bee’s proboscis, the mouthpart used for drinking up nectar.
Until the next flight in the dark shot.