The bane of my summer existence — the yellowjacket (and/or a wasp). In the hot foothills of California, these suckers build their paper nests in cool crevices, whether it is the shade of a small tree, under the eaves of the house, or the underside of the half barrel roof tiles. The moment I step out the front door, they start buzzing about.
So it is a bit curious when I found this unfortunate soul perfectly placed on a flax plant in April. A bit early in the season for yellowjackets. Maybe it was early spring heat spell that brought him out and the subsequent cold brought its demise.
As for the processing, I had started on a different composition with a view from above. The problem was that a brown and tan tone dominated the entire photograph, from the flax leaves to the shredded bark under the plant. While the yellowjacket was visible, it was not seen as the prominent subject.
Instead this composition was used, processed in Silver EFex Pro 2 and final adjustments back in Lightroom.
Bugs in my garden:
- Praying Mantis, Slats, Shadows
- Ladybug, Ornamental Grass
- Dragonfly, Branch, Blue Skies
- Praying Mantis, False Dittany
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 55mm, ISO 100, 1/40 sec, f/5.6
Yellowjacket, Flax, Selective Color. Ione, California. April 10, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.