Saving Bumbles and Taking Risks!

I have always loved bumbles!  In fact, I am passionate about anything that lands, crawls or lives on flowers.  Like I have said before, I become easily distracted by nature!  Over the past week, I have been given a bit of a personal challenge, from a friend, who is a very talented photographer.  The challenge…to turn off the auto mode on my camera.  Yikes! What?  (Ark, if you are reading this, I am sure you are cringing at the thought of using the auto mode feature!)  My immediate thoughts…  This means I might miss something!  You mean I have to trust myself and my eyes!?  But, I am always up for a challenge and love to learn.  Photography has always been a passion.  I am a hands-on learner, so reading the manual does not work for me.  I tend to be the type of person that asks a lot of questions and experiments on my own!


Yesterday, I spent some time, in the gardens, with my bumble friends.  I took a risk and turned the camera off auto mode.  Being half-way to 90, my eyes are not the greatest.  I was prepared to have dozens of blurry bumbles waiting for me!   I reminded myself that there will be more bees to photograph and approached this as a learning experience.   From that point on, I was on the hunt for chubby bumbles!  They were everywhere, buzzing from flower to flower, and I was buzzing along right beside them!

Bumble and Lavender
After about 30 minutes, I knew I had to head back inside.   I had mounds of zucchini to process, chimichurri sauce to continue making and freshly picked blackberries and boysenberries to freeze.    Once the images were downloaded to the computer, I was presently surprised at the results of my little experiment.   I did have to immediately stop myself from being hyper-critical and celebrate the fact that there were a few nice images.

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Butterfly Bush and Bumble
I can’t guarantee that I won’t shoot with auto mode ever again, but I will continue to learn about my equipment and practice trusting myself in manual mode. A great big thank you to my friend for giving me a little nudge…ok, shove… out of my comfort zone!   Practice makes perfect!

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Lavender and Bumble
When planting flowers and shrubs around your home, please always keep the bees in mind!  These tiny creature are so very important!  Think about it…bumbles humbly and diligently work each and every day, and for what?  Us!  All of their labors are for others.  With that thought in mind, next time you are purchasing plants at your local nursery, keep your BEE friends in mind!

Save the Bees by Planting These…

  • lavender
  • thyme
  • fennel
  • mint
  • rosemary
  • borage
  • hollyhock
  • crocus,
  • snowdrop
  • geranium
  • poppy
  • zinnia
  • sunflowers
  • clover
  • dandelion
  • echinacea
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Bumbles and Lavender

“Life depends on little things we take for granted…”

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



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Bumble on a Birdhouse

26 thoughts on “Saving Bumbles and Taking Risks!

  1. It is so interesting that you chose today to post this. This afternoon I saw a bumblebee unlike any I remember seeing before. It had a rusty colored backside. Bombus rufocinctus is it’s official name. You should look it up. It was smallish and very active right there in my driveway. By the way, I love that you are taking risks with your camera! Shoot on!!! β€οΈπŸ’•β€οΈπŸ’•β€οΈ

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  2. Well, surprised you may be, I have my Canon set on auto and it stays on auto. I just change the scene setting; basically altering the field, I guess?

    I must confess that I am a lazy photographer and while I do try to ”capture the moment” and think about good compositions, in truth I simply want to point and shoot.
    The beauty of Digital!

    Like you, I find reading online manuals or tutorials wears my patience thin in no time at all, so I might read about one feature at a time over an extended period.
    But manual?
    I am not that adventurous or technically savvy! ( though I have used it)
    Yes, it bothered me in the beginning as I considered it was a cop out. But I spoke to a blog pal in the States, Bill Jones jr,, who covers mostly street photography and he has an array of cameras and he told me he does pretty much everything on auto.

    My brother, who lives in Australia, is a professional photographer – you can see his icon in my side bar on the blog – and I haven’t discussed this with him as I’m sure he’d probably lambaste me for not making an efort.
    Sigh … c’est la vie.

    And there goes all the illusions! πŸ™‚

    So if these shots are on manual, you did good!

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      1. Confession is good for the soul, so they say, right?
        I just gotta get me a soul so’ I can feel good about. πŸ˜‰

        Think I’ll go stretch my legs for half an hour ….
        Where are the dogs?


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  3. Nice photos! It *is* a challenge to break out of that comfort zone and put yourself out there with shooting manually. I try it from time to time, but I don’t like the range of shutter speed and aperture on my camera when it’s in manual mode. The range is far too small. I need to just bite the bullet and get a DSLR camera but that’s a lotta money to fork over.

    Good for you for breaking out and doing some photos outside the auto setting!

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