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House Guest 15

So I was putting water on the plants here in San Clemente and a helicopter of a bee came out the bushes not liking the water being sprayed.

He landed at my feet, so I ran (hobbled since my latest foot injury) to get my camera hoping he would be there when I got back.  I really thought I had little chance of getting 1 photo of this guy, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Its hard to tell scale here, but I am estimating the bee to be longer than 1 inch.

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Using my macro lens, and testing a bit of my comfort level, I went in for a close up.

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I figured, if Im gonna get stung, its only a bee sting, right?  haha

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Right after this picture, he started to get on the move.  I figured no more pictures for me, but I was wrong.  DSCN3033

It landed on the standard 3/4 inch garden hose.  Hopefully these next pictures will give it a sense of scale.DSCN3034

The bee was not camera shy and let me get extremely close with the camera.

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I really had a great time photographing this beautiful insect.

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The bronze armored wings are beautiful.

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Here is a zoom of the macro.  I like finding my reflections in my photos.  This one is hard to tell, but you can see the camera with my finger on top of it in the upper part of the picture on the main shell between the wings.  If you look closer, you can see the same reflection in the water droplet just below it.

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Seeing the water drops on his shell is pretty cool too.

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The eye is oddly shaped – oblong and going vertically.

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“Who you looking at?”  said the bee.

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Figuring it out…  1 friendly bee at a time.

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