Drying out

Common Honeybee (Apis mellifera).

 

Lots of bees come to the pond to drink. Some of them are careless, fall in the water and then strive to get out. Few of them manage to do so and finally climb on a rock or a stem by the water where they wait till they are dry enough to fly again. That's a perfect opportunity for me to get close enough to them for a macro like this. After a couple of shots at this angle, I tried to move closer for a portrait, but alas, the bee was drier than I though and took off :-)

 

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Taken on May 17, 2008