A macro lens was on my gear list for quite some time. After receiving a gentle nudge from a photography friend, I finally made the purchase. And I am SO glad I did. The 105 mm lens is a new favorite and it travels with me everywhere.
As soon as the lens arrived, I gave it a quick look over to make sure all was right and immediately placed it on my camera, threw on some shoes and went to the flowerbed :)
Bees were everywhere. Timid, friendly little bees.
I sat in the dirt, tied my hair into a ponytail and stuck my face + camera into the purple flowers. This flower was about the size of a quarter and since I was so close, I had to manual focus the lens. After a few tries, I achieved the desired focus on the bee.
It's been a fun year experimenting with this lens. Spring is in full bloom and I am becoming a bit more covered in dirt and pollen :)