25-May-2011

Spring in New Jersey — Bumble and Carpenter Bees. 

Images of the bees taken in my backyard this afternoon with a macro lens. The Bumble Bees were working the fast fading Rhododendron flowers for any remaining pollen. The male Carpenter Bees appeared to be flying stationary guarding territory — only moving when challenged by another male. The down side of the Carpenter Bees is the large holes that they drill into the wood around the house for their nests.

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Bumble Bee Working Old Rhododendron Flower for Pollen. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/7.1, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bumble Bee Working Old Rhododendron Flower for Pollen. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/7.1, 1/200 sec).

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Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.

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Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.

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Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.

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Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Male Eastern Carpenter Bee Guarding Territory. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Macro + TC-E 20 teleconverter (ISO 800, 210 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One 6 Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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