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A Bumblebee Harvesting From A Pinedrops Plant
Lens: SMC Pentax-A Macro f:2.8 100mm Camera: K-1 ii Photo Location: North Fork American River, CA ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/30s Aperture: F11 
Posted By: angkymac, 07-22-2021, 03:21 PM

Pinedrops, ("Pterospora andromedea") I have just now learned is a mycotrophic plant--meaning that it is parasitic on the fungus that works symbiotically with the roots of pine trees.
It is a flowering plant, not a fungus. I discovered that for sure when a big bumblebee photo-bombed me and started collecting nectar from these flowers.
My apologies for a poor image of the bee; chasing a *very busy* bee that harvests upside-down (flies that way too, I think!) with a vintage (no auto-focus) 100mm macro lens in a dark forest shade is no small feat! Photographing a football game might be easier!
Anyway, it was fun. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Angky.

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07-22-2021, 05:56 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing photos of this interesting plant and researching its symbiotic relationship with pine trees.
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Thanks for sharing photos of this interesting plant and researching its symbiotic relationship with pine trees.
You're welcome; I enjoyed it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by angkymac Quote
Pinedrops, ("Pterospora andromedea") I have just now learned is a mycotrophic plant--meaning that it is parasitic on the fungus that works symbiotically with the roots of pine trees.
It is a flowering plant, not a fungus. I discovered that for sure when a big bumblebee photo-bombed me and started collecting nectar from these flowers.
My apologies for a poor image of the bee; chasing a *very busy* bee that harvests upside-down (flies that way too, I think!) with a vintage (no auto-focus) 100mm macro lens in a dark forest shade is no small feat! Photographing a football game might be easier!
Anyway, it was fun. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Angky.
interesting and informative images in any case

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interesting and informative images in any case
Thanks for the note. Glad you found them interesting; they are strange-looking so not everybody is intrigued with them.
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I think they are a very interesting plant and you did a terrific job photographing them. The colors, lighting and details of the flowers in the last two images are very impressive.
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I think they are a very interesting plant and you did a terrific job photographing them. The colors, lighting and details of the flowers in the last two images are very impressive.
Thanks for the encouraging notes! I have to admit that I thought it was a fail for quite a while.
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