“Honeybee and Oregano Blossoms”
We have to know our place in the ecosystem of which we are a part, and this means living ‘consciously’: being aware of nature and how it affects us and how we, in turn, affect nature.”
― Sebastian Pole
I am so pleased lately to see so many bees. For the past few years they have been scarce, especially honeybees. There are many pollinators out there, but honeybees have been exceptionally rare around here. It’s a frightening thought, to lose our bees, though I know many efforts have been made to preserve and increase the population. Thankfully, those efforts seem to be paying off.
When I went out today to check on my herb garden, it was with great pleasure that I noted the many honeybees flying from flower to flower. Purple, seems to be the draw this month.
Of the many images I made today, this one pleased me the most. The bee itself is in sharp focus yet even at 1/400 sof a second, the wings are still a blur, emphasizing the speed with which these bees move. It was, despite the bright light, tough to get a clear shot. But, here it is, a moment in the garden, the cycle of life, captured.
One of the pleasures of gardening is having these processes close by. The oregano plant itself is from last year’s planting, asi t winters over quite well. This garden also has basil, mint, and rosemary, but the oregano is the one with the bright, fragrant blossoms. Of course, bees were not the only participants, numerous flies, wasps, and beetles joined in the feast, but the honeybee stole the show for me.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/200 sec, f/16.0 ISO 200
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Great post! There used to be tons of bees all around when i was a kid. Not any more!
Hopefully, they are on the rebound. There are way more than last year. Last year seemed to be mainly wasps.
Hopefully delicate balance is captured…like your photo!
A man after my own heart – Love your focus on the tiniest glorious beings sharing our planet – Gorgeous work. Would be interested in knowing what equip you use, since I am using only my cell phone camera lately (and love the challenge) but seriously considering venturing back into DSLR. Thanks!
I include that information at the end of all my posts, as well as the settings.
Oh oops – My bad – Thank you!
Great post, thanks for sharing! its amazing how much of our ecosystem depends on bees! To think they are responsible for one third of the food we eat is a little scary because of the alarming rate the population is declining. Urbanisation is a major cause of this population decline and theres something we can all do about it! We can give a little bit back to the bees by planting pesticide free flowers! Your herb garden sure looks like a pollinators oasis. Thanks for sharing the importance of supporting the bees! happy gardening!
This year, I’m seeing far more bees than previous years. It makes me hopeful.