Photography 101 – Treasure

bee in flight cropped

Bee

Awaken
in shades of amber
to a life of
fertile creativity,
performing
the timeless dance
for the queen,
Mother
of the hive.
Defiant
of earthbound laws,
find harmony and
take flight
on diaphanous wings,
following
the entrancing essence
in search of
precious gold.


I adore bees – I’ve always said that someday I will keep hives –  so when I saw the theme of ‘treasure’ it didn’t take me long to decide what to focus my post on. They are a treasure to me and, I believe, the world. Bees pollinate a large proportion of the fruit and vegetables that we consume and unfortunately they are vanishing from around the globe. There are various reasons for this, including pesticides, parasites and loss of habitat. If you want to learn more about bees and the dangers they are facing, you can go here.

I also love the symbolism of bees and their importance to mankind, stretching back through the ages. An interesting (if rather long) article on this can be found here.

Here are a few more pictures I took – all from the same session, in case you can’t tell! I do have others but the bees weren’t as in focus. As it’s nearly December and I live in England I’m sure you can also guess that these are from my archive.

I hope you like them.

bee 4 bee from back croppedbee with proboscis

Bye-de-byes. 🙂

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20 thoughts on “Photography 101 – Treasure

  1. I’m in San Francisco and we have a rosemary bush in our yard that used to be really active with honeybees up until a few years ago. There are also bumblebees and I every so often find dead ones in the yard. I took some interesting close up macro pics of one of them as well as some staged artistic shots awhile back. These are really cool photo’s! They are really becoming more and more of a treasure.

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    1. In the warmer months our garden is practically covered in bees. It’s a wonderful sight. In our old garden we had a buddlea globosa that they particularly liked! They are definitely a treasure. Have you put any of your pictures on your blog? I’d love to see them.

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    1. Thank you. I’m glad you like them! I’m rather fond of the third one, myself. I did have to trim the picture down somewhat – before that he was a little lost among the petals of the flower. 🙂

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      1. I think I was snapping pictures of him for about half an hour as he worked his way around the lupin. I took a lot of shots! And I love my Macro lens. Thanks again. 😀

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      1. I had a butterfly bush on time, and I used to love to watch the butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds gathered around, doing their thing. Thanks for the share. 🙂

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      2. What bush would that be? We called the ‘normal’ buddliea a butterfly bush and the buddliea globosa a bee bush when we were children – but my Dad, both a keen gardener and a chemistry and rural studies teacher, always insisted that we learn the ‘proper names’ of things! I’ve never seen a hummingbird. They must be a wonderful sight.

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      3. Yes, that’s buddliea – I thought it probably would be! I just wasn’t sure about regional differences. 🙂 I would definitely love the hummingbirds. I could spend many a happy hour photographing them!

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