Since I got an early start this morning, I headed to Burden Gardens to shoot the entrance. To my disappointment, they had pulled up all the beautiful flowers and filled it in with pine mulch. So much for that idea!
I drove past the entrance and noticed how much the Monarch Way Station had grown. Some of the hibiscus were well over 10' in height and they had added at least a dozen hummingbird feeders. Several other varieties of blooms attracted skippers, butterflies and lots of hummingbirds. It was one big party, man.
As I stood looking for something to shoot, I felt a burning sensation on my left food. Crikies! I had stepped in an ant pile that was well-camouflaged with the mulch. This happens to me a lot, and after stepping in ant piles so often, you would think I'd learn. You'd be wrong. After I took care of that issue, I was again standing quietly in front of the liriope watching a particular bloom when I felt a sharp pain on the flesh of my upper left arm. A bee! As I sit here and type this at 11AM, over two hours later, it is still throbbing and swollen.
What a start to my week! I think I will stick around the house the rest of the day and avoid any more pain and anguish. Tomorrow promises to be cooler and sunny, so I will go back out to the same property with the proper lens for the hummers. Today I had the wide angle lens, but I managed to get close to this Gulf Fritillary. It's supposed to rain this afternoon and since I might not get back out with my camera, I took this image into Topaz Impression and gave it the Georgia O'Keeffe I treatment.
40mm | f/4 | ISO 500 | 1/1250 sec