Christmas is the bees knees dad

Bee's Knees I

18-55mm lens at 55mm, f/5.6 for 1/80 sec.

Merry Christmas dad, here’s the bee’s knees. I did a little internet research to answer your question. It seems that most people think the bees in bee’s knees is just one bee and therefore the apostrophe should go before the s. Hmm… might need to let the American who named this orchid know he misplaced his apostrophe! I also found out that the bee’s knees has many pseudonyms; including the cat’s pjamas and the cat’s whiskers. Some pseudonyms fell out of use. These include the flea’s eyebrows, the eel’s ankle, the elephant’s instep and the snake’s hip. Personally, I cannot imagine why they aren’t in use today. I think the snake’s hip would make a mighty fine name for an orchid. It beats all those other orchids which are named after women – Sylvia Fry et al – or, worse, sunsets.

For readers interested in photography rather than the idiosyncrasies of naming orchids, the above photo was taken using my standard 18-55mm lens. The one below, is with my new +4 close-up filter attached. All other settings remain the same (55mm, f/5.6 for 1/80 sec).

Bee's Knees II

18-55mm lens at 55m, f/5.6 for 1/80sec with +4 close-up filter.

After I was satisfied with the close-up of the photo – and let’s face it, I had no choice but to be satisfied as the +4 is the highest magnifying filter I have – I decided to give it another go on manual settings to see if I could bring out the colour a little more.

That’s when I got this shot, which I think is the bee’s knees.

Bee's Knees III

18-55mm at 53mm, f/5.6 for 1/2500 sec with +4close up filter applied

Merry Christmas dad and congrats on growing this little beauty. Just one little piece of advice: next time you have the opportunity to name an orchid, I think you can’t go past the flea’s eyebrows. It will be a bestseller!


Posted on December 24, 2011, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Yes, I like the flea’s eyebrow asa flower name, and I maybhavebto adopt the elephant’s instep as a phrase to use.mi do use the cat’s whiskers, and, very rarely, the cat’s pyjamas. They all sound rather thirties to me. Did your research put a date on any of these expressions.
    Nice photos too! Do you ever visit Valzone’s page? She likes th nitty gritty of f stops etc too. You could have techs camera talk.
    Merry Christmas to you.

  2. Alyshia thanks for taking the pics. Fleas’s elbow indeed!. I will continue my tradition of using female names. Alyshia, Alyshia Kay and Iona so far. Ten pounds to the Royal Horticultural Society each time.

    All this grammar stuff has got me worried, every time I write something for the Orchid Society Bulletin I get spell checks saying “consider revising”

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