Weekly Photo Challenge & Travel Theme: Spring Close-up

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Spring! (a little behind the curve as far as Wind Against Current is concerned: see here and here), and Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge is Close-up.

In our patch of Central Park, we know Spring has surely arrived when we notice the first insects flitting from flower to flower—

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These photos are from mid-March of 2012—an early Spring that year! This year, the crocuses have long gone, and we haven’t seen any insects yet…

Another Spring Close-up is here.

98 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge & Travel Theme: Spring Close-up

  1. Fragile colors. Love the buzzing bees

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  2. Beautiful as always! The purple color of those flowers is stunning! Really, really great shots! :)

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  3. Beautiful flowers! Lovely images!!

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  4. Beautiful post! Love, love the bees! :)

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  5. Great work, I love the color of the crocus.

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  6. Perfect shots for the themes, I love the intense purple the crocus shows to lure the bees (I think I read somewhere that bees can see in the UV range, too). We’re in Puerto Escondido on Baja, have been anchoring at desert islands and doing some kayaking, no internet for quite a while except some very spotty connection in La Paz until we got here. Today is our last day here, maybe time for one blog post?

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  7. the pollen clinging to the bees in the last two photos…love that!

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  8. Vlad I love the increasing detail in the series of photos. Such wonderful color.

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  9. Beautiful pictures!

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  10. What a great series – the contrast between the pretty coloured flowers against the fallen leaves – like the old and the new. Love the bee dusted in pollen. Great job :)

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  11. A beautiful capture of crocuses (crocii) together with the debris of past Autumn.

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  13. Sensational images. The close up of the fly is amazing, and bees always do it for me. They are just such fascinating animals to watch…I waste a lot of time with bees.

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous photos! I hope to be that good when I grow up… :)

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  15. Those bees are pollen heavy! Lots of stuff to take home from the hive. Excellent macros. That’s something I really admire, I’m not good at them at all. Really beautiful photos.

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    • I wonder where their hive is? I do know that some people in New York City keep bee hives on their roofs, but probably not in this neighborhood… And wasps build nests in the park itself—I’ve seen a few… :-)

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  16. These photos are fascinating! Such beautiful colors!

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  17. Love, love, love the colours, the close-up, everything! Great captures!

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  18. Love that you combined the themes. Spring time is so beautiful!

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  20. Excellent sequence of photos, congratulations,
    Aquileana :P

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  21. I had pictures of Bee too but yours are so much better !

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  22. I love how you have captured the bees covered in pollen, aren’t they busy little bees…:)

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  23. Gorgeous images, Vlad. Great bee captures! :) Happy Springtime! :)

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  24. Magnificent closeups!

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  25. Those purple crocuses with their orange stamens are one of my favourite early Spring flowers. Wonderful bee images … good to see bees – we need them so much!

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  26. These are outstanding photos, Vladimir. Spring in Chicago has been spotty at best, although the grass is in dire need of mowing from all the rain we’ve had. Things are finally beginning to bloom, though, and it’s wonderful after the long winter.

    janet

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  27. Love these colors, from a flower some would call humble. I guess it compensates with its serene palette.

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  28. very beautiful click :-)

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  29. wonderful series Vladi !
    Ciao ciao
    Max

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  30. That bee on the dry leaves looks like it’s drunk a bellyful of honey! Heh:)

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  31. Love the pollen-covered bee pictures, Vladimir. What an incredibly complex and interdependent world we live in.

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  32. da’ 5th shot is very kewl :)

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  33. Clever combining the 2 challenges. I wish I would have thought of that.
    My entry for Spring would have been perfect for close-up too.
    Ahh … to find another!!!???
    Great floral photos you’ve clicked. Spring flowers are so very colorful.
    Very nice ….. XD

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  35. I love macro shots! Fantastic pics!

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  36. Beautiful photos, I personaly admire the courage to be this close to insects. The colors are very soothing and we get to see a part of the beautiful cycle of nature.

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  38. How beautiful…

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  39. Beautiful compositions!

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  40. Thanks for your visit. I will follow your blog now. Vera

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  41. Beautiful photos again. Love the bee/flower shots. But then given my choice for the Spring theme I guess I would!

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  43. Gorgeous images ! :)

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