Honeybee, Carlsbad, California, USA by Cindy Croissant

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Southern California is rich with diversity in nature from the deserts to the ocean, and depending on the time of year, there is always a perfect location for wildlife photography. One Sunday in October, I decided to visit Batiquios Lagoon, just north of San Diego, as I had not been there in the past. I took my 100 mm to 400 mm telephoto lens for the birds and my 100 mm macro lens for the bees and any other interesting bugs or lizards I might find on my walk around the lagoon. When I arrived, I discovered the Coastal Goldenbush (Isocoma menziesii) was in full bloom and all the bees were extremely busy harvesting the nectar from this bright yellow flower. I don’t remember ever seeing so many bees, and so many species of bees. I took hundreds and hundreds of pictures of so many different bees, all on the Coastal Goldenbrush, but this photo is my favorite. I love this little bee’s beautiful blue eyes!

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