Monthly Picture: Hornet in Coreopsis

Another picture from the Quaker Hill trip, where good light made all the difference:

Hornet in Coreopsis
Hornet in Coreopsis

The flower is a Coreopsis and the insect is not a honeybee. The metallic highlights make it look artificial; if I wasn’t there in person, I’d think it was CGI, too.

It’s underexposed by about one stop to prevent those mirrored body panels from burning out and to saturate yellow petals in direct sunlight. Hand-held with the Canon SX230HS in macro mode, then cropped to 1600×1200 without any resizing at all; it’s now the background for the landscape monitor.

2 thoughts on “Monthly Picture: Hornet in Coreopsis

    1. Definitely a case where optical zoom is the right hammer for the job: if I got any closer, that critter would zoom right in my face… and then I’d zoom across the field!

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