|Bee on a purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea Asteraceae) which blooms for us in late summer.|
|Borage (Borago officinalis) also known as starflower is a slightly invasive herb (volunteer) which in our garden can bloom from spring to fall and is a bee favourite.|
|Goldenrod (Solidago), considered invasive is a favourite of bees and blooms in late summer and fall. I have discovered that bees love invasive plants like goldenrod, mint, blackberry, fennel, lemon balm and black locust.|
|The common asian aster which blooms in a mass of small flowers for us from August through October is a bee favourite.|
|Pink phlox, (native to North America) possibly Phlox paniculata David.|
|Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), native to the americas and a bee favourite.|
One of my girls enjoying a sunflower
|One of our bees and a stranger to the left enjoying a rudbeckia (black-eyed Susan) which is native to North America.|
|Western bumble bee (Bombos occidentalis) harvesting pollen from a Japanese Anemone.|
The photographs of Eric Tourneret, an amazing French photographer can be seen at his website (http://thehoneygatherers.com/html/index_en.html). Through his photos he tries to reveal the relationship between bees and different human cultures ( Honey hunters of Nepal).
Obviously when shooting bees macro settings for those close-up shots are a must. Here are some macro photography tips from professional photographer Layne Kennedy of Ultimate Photo Guide (ultimatephotoguide.com). Ultimate Photo Guide is a good site for learning about all aspects of photography.
High magnification macro photography by Thomas Shahan.