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The pear tree on the front lawn is in bloom again. Still lots of blossoms to open. By just blind luck (for me), I caught this little bee or maybe it is classified as a fly. I have no idea what kind of insect it is, but perhaps one of you can tell me.
A cold January slowed everything down so the pear tree is only the second tree in the yard to send forth blooms this year. It may be right on time for all I know. I've gotten to the chronological age where I don't keep up with months, days of the week or what time the clock says it is, or was. Many of you might know what I'm talking about. :-)) On the UP side, the days and weeks and months fly by so fast....when someone tells me I'll have to wait a few weeks for something, I don't mind at all.
For those of you who are wondering why I'm talking about time and how it relates to a photo of some pear blossoms.........well, I just go off on tangents like this all the time. :-)
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Mar 06 2014 05:14 GMT fhelsing PRO
A lovely flower!
Mar 06 2014 09:05 GMT bandsix
It's a beautiful blossom that needs to be seen in original view, otherwise the beauty of the flying visitor will be missed, too....and yes, I am sure a lot of FTers will be able to identify your tangential wanderings....there's one here, for a start!
Mar 06 2014 09:05 GMT bandsix
Lovely framing, too:))
Mar 06 2014 12:33 GMT Papagena
Larry the kind of wings and the body without hairs make me think of a wasp. Perhaps this link may help you:


Mar 06 2014 15:01 GMT wijnie58
What a beautiful flower and I like the framing too.Larry..:-))
Mar 06 2014 15:03 GMT Lalbabu
Marvellous in original,surely it's a wasp !!!!!
Mar 06 2014 16:07 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Fleur.
Mar 06 2014 16:18 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Barbara. I debated with myself whether or not to add a little light to this photo. I've gotten in the habit of casting a shadow with my body to reduce the glare on very reflective flowers. I seem to get better detail with this technique. The majority of days where I live are very sunshiny so glare is a real issue. I've read that the best light for photos is 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes before sunset. My schedule rarely allows that. I have circular polarizing filters for all of my cameras except the G-15 I used for this. The G-15 (Canon) is a "pocket camera" with a lot of DSLR features. No lens cover to forget to remove either. Well, as you will notice; I've gone off on another tangent!
Mar 06 2014 16:25 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you for the link Ruth. I believe you are correct in your observations. I wasn't wearing my reading glasses when I went out in search of new blossoms to photograph, so I barely noticed the little wasp. Not a total blur, but not sharp either.
Mar 06 2014 16:25 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you very much Wijnie
Mar 06 2014 16:31 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Lalbabu. Before posting this, I thought it might be a Mason Bee. The folks that send out gardening catalogs are advertising them, along with the kind of houses they like. I did a Wikipedia search for a photo of a 'Mason Bee' and found out they don't look anything like this insect. Ruth pointed out something I've never thought of before; Bees have hair and Wasp do not. As curious as I am, this is a new bit of information for me.
Mar 07 2014 11:40 GMT superJoan
May even be a hover fly Larry...lovely blossom and so early too
Mar 07 2014 15:30 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Joan. I've been trying to think of the name 'Hover Fly' for days now and just could not find it in the back of my mind.