Back to Travel Tuesdays – I decided to stay on Hvar since I think it’s a place that few people outside Europe would think of travelling to. Like I said earlier, Croatia is like an unpolished gem of the Mediterranean – not as popular as Greece, but equally beautiful (or even more so). What’s amazing is what a long way it has come from the war that plagued it (as well as Serbia and Bosnia) in the 1990s. You can still see reminders of the long drawn war in the bullet-hole-ridden walls and buildings, but it doesn’t detract from and merely adds to the rich history that places like Dubrovnik and Hvar brim with.
Anyway, on the lighter side of things – I’d like to think of this picture as one of my better ‘flower/insect’ photographs. What they say is true, sometimes the best photo opportunities come to you at the most opportune moments. Kel and I were cycling along the island of Hvar, when I stopped to smell the lavender flowers. There were many bees hovering around, but one tiny one just happened to buzz by and hover over the very plant I was near. I grabbed my camera which was already hanging on my neck (yes, I cycled with one hand on the handlebar and one protectively holding my camera) and took a couple of shots. Everything was on Auto Mode (blasphemous when using a DSLR I know, but cut me some slack – I was (and am still) a noob) but the photo turned out pretty good (in my opinion). All I had to do for the photo below was to brighten it up a little. It’s also one of the rare times where I managed to get my focus right, on the flower and on the bee. Although upon closer inspection, there seems to be that flower on the bottom that seems to be in focus as well and the ‘in focus’ flower isn’t as sharp as I’d like it to be.
|Lavender flowers in Hvar, Croatia|