Photographer: Leia M. Smith, Seattle

Photo taken: May 4, Dunn Gardens

Photographer’s description: “My friends and I went for a spring tour of the Dunn Gardens in North Seattle. The bees are busy at this time of the year. This photo was taken using Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10, ISO 200, 44 mm, f/4 at 1/400, no filter, natural light.”

Expert says: “This is a really nice bee-in-a-flower photo. I like the placement of the bee in the frame and the funkiness of the center of the flower. The light that falls on the bee is beautiful. The flower filling the frame with the green foliage surrounding it is nice, too. It could be interesting to try a tighter crop on the bee to give it more emphasis in the frame.”

— Katie Greene, Seattle Times photo staff

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