Bee in the Borage

Bee in the Borage
@bagarad (12618)
Paso Robles, California
May 17, 2018 6:49pm CST
Sometimes when I'm on a photoshoot, I get sidetracked. When I am taking photos in my garden or wherever there are flowers, the bees most often get me sidetracked. For some reason I feel compelled to follow them until I can get them to stay still enough when foraging to get a photo. So I go flower to flower , following the bees with my camera. I was finally successful in capturing this bee who was enjoying my borage flowers. Borage is an herb. Its flowers are small and not very impressive as flowers go, but I still love borage. It's never grown as big as it has this year, and I'm delighted with it. Are there certain things that get you distracted when you have a specific photography goal? What do you think of borage flowers? Do you plant anything bees especially like?
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@LadyDuck (170237)
• Switzerland
18 May
We eat borage in Italy. It can be served as you serve spinach and it is a key elements of a kind of ravioli made in the Liguria region.
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
18 May
Does it lose its fuzzy texture when you cook it? Do you season it?
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@LadyDuck (170237)
• Switzerland
18 May
@bagarad It loses its fuzzy texture, I do not like the smell and not even the taste. You have to remove ethe stems, chop the leaves, cook in a little butter on very low heat and season with a little salt.
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
19 May
@LadyDuck Maybe I'll pass on cooking it. Or maybe I'll try a small portion just to see if I like it.
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@porwest (7045)
• United States
19 May
That's actually a great shot. Good capture. As for chasing bees, they are usually chasing me, and I am usually trying to get out of their way. lol
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
19 May
Thank you. What do you do to make the bees chase you? They would usually try to chase flowers.
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
23 May
@porwest Are you sure they are bees and not yellowjackets? It's usually the yellowjackets, that look a bit like bees, that go after what people are drinking. I've never seen a bee do it. They even try to get through the holes in aluminum cans. I don't drink sweet drinks outside anymore.
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@porwest (7045)
• United States
27 May
@bagarad Oh no. I can definitely tell the difference. I was in pest control once. But to be fair it is usually the yellow jackets more than the bees that come after me. It is true though that even in the pest control industry we never considered honey bees to be pests and would not specifically do treatments for them even when requested.
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@aureliah (17746)
18 May
That is a beautiful photo. I currently do not have a garden where I can plant
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
18 May
Thank you. Do you maybe have a flowerpot you could keep on your porch?
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@aureliah (17746)
18 May
@bagarad I don’t have one yet
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
19 May
@aureliah They should be easy to find. Maybe someone will even give you one.
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@Mavic123456 (12390)
• Thailand
18 May
borage? such a beauty. It is quite difficult to take a photo of moving bees or birds.
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
18 May
It's also difficult to catch them on a flower. Just as you are ready to shot they fly to a different flower.
@Mavic123456 (12390)
• Thailand
18 May
@bagarad yeah but a good camera will really capture them. good shot!
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
18 May
@Mavic123456 Only if the photographer is fast enough!
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@franxav (5388)
17 May
Never seen borages in our region.They look beautiful in your photograph and you have got the sucker so well.
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
18 May
Borage leaves can be used in salads, but they are a bit fuzzy. They have a mild cucumber flavor. I prefer to use the flowers in my salads. But mostly I like having it look pretty in the garden.
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@franxav (5388)
19 May
@bagarad Wow,they have a food value too.
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
19 May
@franxav They do. I try to grow edible flowers and herbs for me and the bees.
@rebelann (42363)
• El Paso, Texas
18 May
That's why I don't make goals when I'm inspired to start shootin, I just let it flow. Great shot by the way.
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
18 May
Thank you. When I go out with my camera, I am rarely sure what I'm after, but I know it when I see it.
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@rebelann (42363)
• El Paso, Texas
18 May
Same here @bagarad I never know if I'll be shooting the pup or birds or flowers.
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@just4him (123762)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 May
Very nice flower, and great shot of the bee.
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
22 May
Bees absolutely love borage. And I love providing them with what they like.
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@JESSY3236 (7038)
• United States
18 May
I don't really like bees, but that's a cool picture.
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
19 May
I like bees. They make honey, and I like honey. I've learned enough about honeybees to know they won't hurt me unless I try to hurt them or I get to close to their hive and they think they have to defend it.
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@andriaperry (56116)
• United States
18 May
Me too! I will chase that bee or btterfly. I get obsessed with close ups being perfect, and the back ground.
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
18 May
Nice to know you are a kindred spirit. I keep telling myself I don't need that many photos of a bee on a plant, but I can't help myself.
@wolfgirl569 (8254)
• Marion, Ohio
18 May
I seldom set out to take photos. I just try to get my phone camera up fast when I see something. I would get bored and give up with following a bee, but that is a wonderful shot.
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@bagarad (12618)
• Paso Robles, California
18 May
I like the challenge of getting the bee to stay put long enough to take a photo.