Sleeping Bee, Gaillardia Flower

Ione, CA

Is this what happens when a bee has a good time and stays out too late?  This little guy was sleeping soundly on his back while occasionally moving his legs.  An hour later he was upright again and then was gone soon after.

(Click through on the picture for a slightly enlarged 700px view)

Close-up photos like these really expose the auto focusing abilities deficiencies of kit lenses versus macro lenses.  The auto focus had a very difficult time if the lens was within 12 inches of the bee and flower.

Bugs in my garden:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 55mm, ISO 100, 1/100 sec, f/5.6

Sleeping Bee, Gaillardia Flower.  Ione, California.  November 23, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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