The Birds and the Bees …

PollenPond1When I was out taking pictures this morning I came across this swirling water composition created by pollen grains on the surface of a little lake. As the breeze pushed the pollen grains along the lily pads made a graceful interception.

There were lots of little insects working away at pollinating the nearby flowers and in turn many birds on the hunt for insects!


A quick post in honour of World Environment Day (A little late in the day but my to-do lists seem to be longer than the days).

Β© Karen McRae, 2013

70 thoughts on “The Birds and the Bees …

  1. Nice! I had to wonder how my allergies would be with all that pollen…no matter how beautiful it is.

      1. It’s a heck of a lot better than the one I would have got. I’ve been meaning to let you know how impressive I think your photography is.

  2. It is hard to believe this is the same country that you photographed this winter – life has exploded! The pollen on the water is like a web moving in a breeze. Thank you for reminding us of what Paradise is.

  3. I love that first shot too – at first I thought it was some kind of dusty old cobweb. Very interesting forms in there. That sure is a lot of pollen.

  4. I guess it is spring in Ottawa! Perhaps you are ahead of us in Minnesota, ironically. Great work. I love dragon flies. They are quite romantic I believe.

    1. Thanks, Ashley. I was happy to find such a graceful subject. Unfortunately the photographs are not as great as I thought they might be, but the formation is still sort of cool anyway.

  5. Wow. Beautiful set, Karen. The 4th image of the dragonfly took my breath away. The delicacy of the wings and the composition is fabulous. What a fruitful morning you had!

  6. Beautiful images and the insect macros are excellent, especially the dragonfly ones.

  7. Without your explanation, the first one would have remainde a beautiful mystery. Very nice post – and I particularly like the “rock formation” (that’s what I took it for at first glance) in the first picture and the graphic quality of the last one. All very adequate for World Environment day. Cheers.

  8. I also thought the dragonfly was exquisite, but then I have a thing about wings!
    Lovely summery photos!

  9. Always, I just look the photo before read —- the first photo defy any of my guess πŸ™‚
    Well captured planet’s small magic.
    To catch Dragonfly is not easy, let alone to photograph it, especially in such close
    proximity. —– I knew you got special breathing technique, from your snow-crystal photos, but didn’t know you got Ninja skill to melt into the background as well. πŸ˜€

  10. What an eye you have! Yes, that first shot is quite mysterious. And how did you manage to “capture” the dragonfly, and show the intricate patterns of the wings so beautifully?

  11. Oh sweet Karen! hese are SO beautiful! Do you mind if I use one as my drawing inspiration for my art class today? We have been asked to bring a pic of an insect to create a pattern. Of course, I am unprepared (new house takes up all the time) and now it is the 11th hour. I imagine you saying ” please do” so I will go with my imagination – and besides, these pix are too beautiful not to be immortalised in amateur art work πŸ™‚ hope that’s all okay … πŸ™‚ Big hearts to you πŸ™‚

      1. Thankyou Karen! πŸ™‚ Unfortunately for the purposes of the exercise the little dragonfly of yours that I chose was too delicate! Maybe one day i will show you the alternative dragonfly which is not a dragonfly at all but a galah. Do you know galahs? I think you would like them πŸ™‚

  12. Good pictures of nature, Karen, but I’m truly swept away by the top one – looking at it with concentration I can see exactly what it is, but looking at it casually I see a series of high waves pouring to the left – its very striking. Adrian

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