June 7, 2018
Gifts in the Gardens
- as seen by -John Stahl
In a sea of colors, ranging from whites, yellows, pinks, oranges and purples, this red dahlia with a bumble bee grabbing pollen stood out in the dahlia garden of the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, New York.
This garden is abuzz with many varieties of bees, flies and an occasional butterfly. I make the trip every year to see what close up photograph opportunities can be discovered. I am rarely disappointed.
I’ve spent a great deal of time photographing the many hundreds of daylilies in our own garden in Baldwin, New York. Either incidentally, or accidentally, I noticed the various insects on the plants, and I’ve been shooting the little critters ever since.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Let’s see your best spring wildlife photos. We’re especially interested in colorful combos like this bee and flower. Submit your entries here: https://bit.ly/2H4Tr8Z. The winner will receive a Patagonia backpack.
Canon EOS 7D with 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens