I'll Bee Checkin' You Out!

© Tess L. Yee

I'll Bee Checkin' You Out!

Uploaded: October 19, 2009


It was a (mostly) dark, cold, windy, and gloomy weekend here in coastal North Carolina. This fella was sitting on my windshield, desperately trying to warm up so he could fly away.

Or maybe he's just narcissistic, and enjoys staring at his fine visage!

Exif: F Number: 6.3, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/3200 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 800, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: NIKON D80


Gord MacEachern October 19, 2009

This is one beeutiful image Tess!! #1193920

Tiia Vissak October 19, 2009

a wonderful macro! #8049135

Michelle Alton October 19, 2009

Paper wasp....deadly! But gorgeous. #8049147

Colette M. Metcalf October 19, 2009

Fantastic capture!!! #8049193

Tess L. Yee October 19, 2009

Thanks for the great comments Gord, Tiia, Michelle, and Colette!

Yes, and i'm allergic too, Michelle. But at a damp, overcast 50 degrees on my cold windshield, I felt sort of safe!


Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic October 19, 2009

He doesn't look much like he was in a bad mood. Probably wishes he had stayed in bed. LOL..Cool shot! #8049208

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe October 19, 2009

Just fantastic, Tess, Excellent details and reflection. #8049262

Mary L. Graham October 19, 2009

Excellent details and reflection Tess!! =) #8049339

Claudia Kuhn level-classic October 19, 2009

TErrific capture and reflection Tess! #8049345

Carol Sawyer October 19, 2009

Outstanding capture, details, clarity and reflection, Tess!! #8049352

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe October 19, 2009

Outstanding find and capture Tess - Great job! Jeff #8049355

Julie Burnett October 19, 2009

A VERY cool shot, Tess! #8049378

Douglas Pignet October 19, 2009

Very kewl macro. #8049436

Christine Lobsinger level-classic October 19, 2009

Tess, you just made a beautiful portrait of a Bee... from your windshield... WOWOW! Outstanding Macro! The colours are wonderful/and so the clarity!!


Amy M. Wilson October 19, 2009

Excellent colors, details and reflection, Tess! #8049472

Joy Rector October 19, 2009

awesome shot, love it #8049541

Val Feldman level-classic October 19, 2009

Insects...doesn't matter what kind - I love 'em and you caught yourself a real beauty here - complete with some awesome detail and color, Tess. Great windshield find! :) Well done! #8049552

Alan L. Borror October 19, 2009

Great find and capture, Tess! #8049583

Susie Peek-Swint October 19, 2009

Great capture Tess ~ terrific colour and detail! #8049586

Robert R. Goodman October 19, 2009

Hi Tess,Stunning color.Very beautiful image,You should see the size of our wasps out here in Arizona!!!! #8049645

Deb Koskovich October 19, 2009

Extremely creative, Tess! #8049651

Tess L. Yee October 19, 2009

Thanks for all these really great comments!

The trip to the park had essentially been a waste, as the squirrels were only down for ~10 minutes before the resident red tailed hawk showed up. It was so overcast that everything looked dark and murky. Thank goodness for this guy! #8049708

Jessica Jenney October 19, 2009

Terrific capture, detail and reflections, Tess! #8049734

Karen Celella October 19, 2009

Wonderful macro with nice details, color and composition including the terrific reflection. Very well done Tess. #8049810

ROLAN NARMAN October 19, 2009

Fantastic macro with great details Tess! Well done! #8049834

Janet Daniel October 19, 2009

A spectacular close up with an amazing reflection, Tess!
Wonderful color & detail! #8049893

Mitch Spence level-classic October 19, 2009

Absolutely super macro, Tess. I just love it. #8049969

Kristi A. Howson October 19, 2009

An amazing reflection image Tess. I love it! #8050084

Kathleen Brennan October 19, 2009

Fabulous macro and reflection! #8050196

Bojan Bencic level-classic October 19, 2009

Fantastic details and mirror image, Tess. Great macro. #8050320

Renata Gusciora October 19, 2009

Awesome macro and reflection,Tess!Fantastic image! #8050421

Monnie Ryan October 19, 2009

Far from my favorite photo subject, Tess -- we have WAY too many of these bothersome critters around here -- but you've got an amazing capture! #8050423

Marty Straub October 19, 2009

Cool yin-yangish photo, Tess. I was wondering how you got such an amazing reflection and background. #8050447

Guy D. Biechele level-classic October 19, 2009

Beautiful detailed macro. The reflections is great. #8050487

Kaye Burazin October 19, 2009

Whoaaaa, now that's a winner in every way. #8050548

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer October 19, 2009

Straight into my favs, Tess. Awesome capture of the bee and reflections. Big WOW!! #8050560

Tess L. Yee October 19, 2009

Whoa! Thanks for all of the wonderful comments!

Outside my norm, as it isn't furry, nor is the image particularly colorful. I've been under the weather, and a quick nip'n'tuck and a little brightening was just about all the editing I could handle this weekend.

(Case in point: I edited two squirrel shots on Saturday, and didn't notice until yesterday that both squirrels were somewhat green...yikes!). #8050580

Mike Clime October 19, 2009

What an excellent macro! Love the detail and the reflection. #8050624

David Pratt October 19, 2009

Terrific macro and reflection. Great compostion Tess! #8050670

Kathy Cline October 19, 2009

WOWZER Wonderful creative macro Tess!! #8050778

ALLEN O. HOWARD October 19, 2009

A fantastic capture, Tess! #8050780

Lynn M. Whitt October 19, 2009

amazing macro Tess... #8050895

Randy D. Dinkins level-classic October 19, 2009

Wonderful detail and reflection. I'll go with the warm :-).... #8050919

Lana Arcemont October 19, 2009

Great Find, Tess!
Nice Reflection! #8050971

Eugenio Diaz October 19, 2009

AMAZING Close-up!!!
So well presented and beautiful colours and details!

Barbara Waldoch October 19, 2009

Terrific shot, Tess! #8051632

Teresa Burnett level-classic October 19, 2009

Wonderful shot, Tess!! Great clarity and detail, and fantastic color!! #8051691

Stefania Barbier level-classic October 19, 2009

fantastic title and capture Tess! #8051700

Summer A. Kozisek October 19, 2009

Wonderful macro Tess, great reflection! #8051752

Tommy E. Burgess October 19, 2009

Stunning macro Tess!! #8051761

Ujjwal Mukherjee October 20, 2009

Terrific details,capture and presentation,Tess! #8051880

Jorgen Jensen October 20, 2009

This is a great macro Tess. Excellent reflection and beautiful colors. #8051953

Jyri Vissak October 20, 2009

Great macro! Absolutely beautiful. Cool find. #8052205

Howard B. Cheek October 20, 2009

Wonderful macro with full reflection Tess, I like this!
Reminds me of my first published image..
I shot this same yellowjacket wasp on the hood of my truck, with reflection, drinking from a drop of water. The clearcoat made a good reflective surface..
Well done! #8052348

Troy Gallagher October 20, 2009

Fantastic Macro Tess, Excellent color and detail.

Troy #8052380

Tess L. Yee October 20, 2009

Thanks for all of these really super comments!!

It's hard to believe this is the SAME wasp, Howard...but you're clearly much better at insect recognition than I am. :) #8052456

Maria A. Gonzalez October 20, 2009

Excellent capture and love the reflected image here,Tess...Great detail and capture...Well done.. #8052483

Tess L. Yee October 20, 2009

Thanks for that great comment, Maria! #8052680

Thomas E. Hinds October 20, 2009

Great detail! Awesome capture of a little creature! #8052711

a2o akmal aini othman level-classic October 20, 2009

fantastic macro capture, Tess! love it! #8052787

Sam Britt October 20, 2009

Terrific macro, Tess. It has been unusually cold & gloomy in NC lately, but it's supposed to warm up today. I live in the warmest part of the state! #8052960

Melissa G. Meiselman October 20, 2009

Terrific close up and reflection taken with sharp detail, Tess!!! #8052972

Melissa Olsen October 20, 2009

I can't help but chuckle at this capture, not because it is funny, because it really is very excellent. But I chuckle due to your title...let me explain...the other day I was out in the yard and I told my hubby who happens to be a diehard scientist by profession, “Honey, there are bees everywhere”, he then said “there are no bees” and I said “are you blind…they are everywhere and coming after me”, then it dawned on me…in his intellectual way he was telling me they aren’t bees they are yellow-jackets and then I said…”okay, if you want to split hairs they have a stinger so they are still bees to me”.
So thanks for being on my side…LOL

Mark Dodge October 20, 2009

This is a masterpiece, in my opinion. The overall composition is almost minimalistic, yet there are incredible details in the yellow jacket. The soft blue gradients in the background pull the eye right back to the center, from any corner. Really excellent work here, Tess. I love this. #8053406

Courtenay Vanderbilt October 20, 2009

Fantastic image, Tess! Playing catch up! Thanks for your kind comments! #8053468

Joao Martinho October 20, 2009

Great capture and reflection! #8053472

Chuck S. Frizzell October 20, 2009

Very nice macro Tess, Love the reflection. #8053490

Ann Coates level-classic October 20, 2009

Fantastic capture Tess. I'm impressed by how clean your windscreen is. Mine never looks like that. I hope he managed to warm up in the end and fly away. #8053597

Tess L. Yee October 20, 2009

Thanks for all of these amazing comments!!

Actually Melissa, I'm *usually* a pain in the butt about details...but I'm not about to waste a perfectly good caption just because of semantics. :) #8053678

Christine Czernin level-classic October 20, 2009

Another one of your superb images, no matter what critter, it is always spot on.
Just perfectly done, Tess. #8053709

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna October 20, 2009

AWESOME, Tess!!! :-) k #8053746

Hal Bambrick October 20, 2009

Very Nice Capture and Title Tess!!!. #8053932

Melissa Olsen October 20, 2009

I am so with you Tess...LOL #8053960

Karen Engelbreth October 20, 2009

Wonderful macro, Tess..... #8054047

Yulianto Soeroso October 20, 2009

wow how you do taht hehehe nice macro with reflection #8054131

Nancy L. Green level-classic October 20, 2009

He even LOOKS cold!!! OUTSTANDING macro with great detail and wonderful reflection!! <>< #8054201

Chris Ebben October 20, 2009

I'm with Ann, you sure had a clean windscreen. Great Macro work here, not matter what he turns out to "bee". Good one=^..^= #8054243

Max Aureli October 20, 2009

Fantastic capture, Tess!!! Great details, tones and reflections!! Great work!! #8054317

Rony Sagy October 20, 2009

Tess, this is an amazing image, fantastic capture and all around beautiful. #8054341

Gary Lange October 20, 2009

It doesn't get ANY sharper than this, Tess!! Great shot, LOVE it! #8054454

Martha R. Mazon level-classic October 20, 2009

Oh wow! This is fantastic, Tess!! So unusual and charming. #8054652

Carol L. Fowler October 20, 2009

Wonderful clarity and reflection #8054704

Mary K. Robison October 20, 2009

What a gem of a macro, Tess. Outstanding clarity and reflection.
Looks like a winner to me! #8054848

Gunther Allen October 20, 2009

Incredible macro! Hard to believe this was taken on a windshield... looks more like a studio set up. The lighting and everything worked for you perfectly. Very nicely captured!!! #8054937

Ken Smith level-classic October 21, 2009

Excellent details, Tess. You did good on this one! #8055392

Patricia Seidler October 21, 2009

Fabulous macro Tess. I cant believe this is a windshield! Looks like a mirror image! #8055799

Graham Robards October 21, 2009

Wow Tess, I am always keeping my eye out for bugs and insects, I get nothing like this! Bee-aut shot! ~Pat #8055808

Mukesh Srivastava October 21, 2009

Incredible macro.... Outstanding details and reflections,Tess!!!! A winner in my book!!!!!! Good luck!!!!! #8056162

Tess L. Yee October 21, 2009

Wow, and all I thought I was doing was killing a few more minutes before having to leave the park!

Thank you for all of these super comments! #8056199

Cindy Campbell October 21, 2009

I'm a sucker for great macro photos and this is a super one! #8056226

Hendrik Storme October 21, 2009

Great macro,so well done!!! #8056234

Nancy J. Locke October 21, 2009

Tess, what an awesome and fun capture. :D


Hugs, Nancy J Locke #8056235

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic October 21, 2009

WOW, what an incredible macro with perfect reflection and details... a fav! 8o) #8056871

Mary K. Robison October 21, 2009

Tess, I got the following "handy tip" in an e-mail:

"Wasp Spray

I have a friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area who was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead. The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote.. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection. You could also keep it in your car and it would be legal. I Thought this was interesting and it might be of use to lots of ladies.... Pass it on ...."
Maybe it'll help people out both with the wasps themselves, AND with would-be attackers.


Susan T. Parady October 21, 2009

Nice reflection in this terrific macro! #8057034

Steve M. Harrington October 21, 2009

I think this fella is just vain. :) I like this image a great deal, Tess!
Steve #8057210

Paul E. Earl October 22, 2009

WOW! This is superb!! #8057613

Laurie Daily level-deluxe October 22, 2009

What a fabulous capture, Tess...and such perfect timing. Certainly helps to have your camera ready for those unexpected drop in visitors! #8057776

Gail Vitikacs level-classic October 22, 2009

Such a wonderful capture!!!! #8057938

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic October 22, 2009

Wow Tess! What a wonderful capture. #8058068

Kathy Reeves October 22, 2009

Superb capture with fantastic details! #8058343

Chua Wee Boo October 22, 2009

Fantastic details & capture,Tess! #8058391

Judy A. Lawhon October 22, 2009

Phenomenal capture, Tess....sharp detail!! #8058606

David A. Simons October 22, 2009

Awesome Macro, Tess #8058664

Derek D. Dafoe October 22, 2009

Super shot Tess!! Love the use of the windshield! #8058747

Tess L. Yee October 22, 2009

Again, wow wow and wow! Had I even thought I might post a shot of this guy, I would have taken my time and actually 'set up' a little! At the least, I could have propped myself on the car door or something!

Thank you for every one of the great comments you've left! #8058991

Rod Partington October 22, 2009

Simply Awesome,Tess! #8059299

Maureen M. Bisson October 22, 2009

Fantastic capture Tess! #8060075

Eivor Kuchta October 23, 2009

Excellent close up, Tess! #8063672

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 23, 2009

Hi Tess! I was just admiring this one trying to figure out how you got this awesome reflection and was pleasantly surprised how. :) SO COOL!

Superb macro.

-Laura :) #8065306

Melissa McCabe October 23, 2009

Fantastic work Tess!! : ) -mm #8065655

Abdullah Al Hussayen October 23, 2009

A beautiful image of a distinctive

Maria Morrow October 23, 2009

Great shot, I love how he's reflected! #8066484

Wm Nosal October 23, 2009

Cool Macro! #8066702

Becky J. Parkinson level-classic October 23, 2009

This is such a wonderful macro for this cold little guy! Beautiful work getting such sharp detail!! Really amazing... #8067148

Sharon Sawyer October 23, 2009

Wonderful macro, Tess!!! #8067304

Mary E. Lake October 24, 2009

WOW!! Supurb Macro Tess, well done! :) #8069054

Maria Warren level-classic October 24, 2009

wooooow this is such an amazing macro shot wooooow amazing work :) love it #8069062

Tess L. Yee October 25, 2009

As always, thanks for each of these kind and wonderful comments! All are appreciated! #8071302

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