Supper Time!

photograph of a female Eastern Bluebird feeding an juvenile Eastern Bluebird

The first few years I had a bluebird box in the yard it remained empty.  Then, just as I was thinking of taking it down, a pair of Eastern Bluebirds nested in it.  Since then we’ve had bluebirds nest in the box every year, producing multiple broods.  The female pictured here is feeding one of the juveniles from the first brood of this season.  If the past is any indication we should get at least another two broods this summer.

Eastern Carpenter Bee Landing On Thin-Leaved Sunflower

photograph of an Eastern Carpenter Bee landing on a Thin-Leaved Sunflower

During a photo outing to shoot wildflowers I decided to take a few backlit shots.  In the process I began tracking a few Eastern Carpenter Bees as they passed by.  I was lucky enough to capture this one as it prepared to land on a thin-leaved sunflower.

I like the way backlit flowers almost glow but that’s pretty easy to predict, setup and shoot.  After all, except for the wind, the flowers aren’t really moving.  I was really pleased with the lighting of the bee in this photo.

Like most of the photos on my blog, you can click the image to open a larger version of the photo.  Check out all the pollen covering this bee.  This clearly wasn’t its first flower of the day.