This guy was quick. Flying around flowers then stopping mid-air to feed, I tried several times to get a photo but they were all blurry. That’s what happens when you don’t figure out how to adjust shutter speed. I’m not sure what it is, a bird or some kind or insect? He looked like a cross between a hummingbird and a bumblebee. I felt compelled to get closer but the thought of getting stung kept me at a good distance.
-edit- Thanks to Nora Locke I now know this is a Hummingbird Moth. Thank you!
My attempt at a panoramic photo using an iPhone app. It didn’t work out as planned because I couldn’t get the timing right. You have do a 360 at just the right pace or the image is choppy but if you go too slow it causes the breaks you see in the clouds. This is the Lefurge Woods Nature Preserve. One of the places I frequent in the warmer months.
This winter has been brutal. I’ve experienced temperatures colder than I’ve ever felt. I’ve seen more snow than I’ve ever seen, enough to last a lifetime. I can’t remember what flowers, dirt and grass smell like.
As soon as the snow melts I will be on the trails looking for signs of life and hoping to photograph a flower.
Taken at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor Michigan over the summer.
These goslings were in tight formation careful not to get left behind.
The gardens are a place for wildlife to exist without disruption other than curious humans who point and take photos. I’ve seen snakes, deer, all manner of birds, turtles, fish, plenty of insects and this summer a fox.
The Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, MI is my favorite place to photograph flowers. I’m far from an expert in photography or flowers but they have a fantastic variety.
Creek at the botanical gardens in Ann Arbor.