Nature's Place

Bee on Sunset

It’s warm these days and not so easy to capture a shot of these very fast moving bees, especially out in the wild. So I wait for them at dusk and watch for where they land, and fly and land again. It’s never as simple as taking one spot and sticking to it. They need to settle in like any creature, in their way, moving to and fro until they are right. No more disturbance, inside, and ready for the night.

So, because the temperature often determines how active our bees are, there is a very short window of opportunity, two of them with natural light, and the best one is at dusk.

Waiting to the last minute is an option, or working what I can from a certain darkness, maneuvering the roost for the BG as I go, until I get something that is not the same as hundreds I can get without the work.

So, after a little work, here is the first Blue Banded Bee of the year. On the setting sun. A fitting BG for such a tireless little wonder.

Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture and click again to enlarge


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  1. Mark said, on 04/05/2012 at 11:49 am

    Reblogged this on The Colours of Oz and commented:

    I wonder how this works?

  2. renataariesta said, on 25/04/2012 at 8:33 am

    Best moment and sweety

  3. Anna said, on 30/12/2011 at 3:54 pm

    Mark, lovely as always. I have been enjoying your macro’s all year long. Sorry I missed you for Christmas. Just wanted to drop by to wish you happy new year, healthy one, lots of love, peace and good luck with your macro adventures. Cheers, Anna :)

    • Mark said, on 09/01/2012 at 5:23 am

      Hello Anna. So many details it seems easy to miss one, or two.

      And all the best to you too. M

  4. Anthony Tancredi said, on 22/12/2011 at 10:54 pm

    Another stunning image Mark and worth every effort to cature the point of difference. Good to see the field of dreams waking back up :)

  5. Deb said, on 20/12/2011 at 7:24 pm

    Inspirational stuff! I love these bees, thank you for sharing.


  6. Scott McAdam said, on 20/12/2011 at 10:08 am

    Rediculously good.

  7. krikitarts said, on 20/12/2011 at 9:21 am

    Beautiful, Mark, a very worthy addition to your wonderful work. I just received my first achromatic lens today and am so eager for warmer weather to go macro hunting for micro-fauna!

    • Mark said, on 20/12/2011 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks K. Try it out on the snow or whatever there is so you are ready for the moving creatures.

  8. Tammie said, on 20/12/2011 at 7:17 am

    a man with a passion for the wee folk…..
    i love how your passion inspires your curiosity and ability to watch and wait and follow

    awesome gorgeous photo!

    • Mark said, on 20/12/2011 at 12:50 pm

      The wee folk they are, and the unseen ones too … Have never caught one of those, they are just too fast for the camera. :)

      • Tammie said, on 25/12/2011 at 3:45 am


        as we enter winter…. lovely summer to you~

        • Mark said, on 26/12/2011 at 2:32 am

          Hi Tammie, the wonders of a world of differences.

  9. tmso said, on 20/12/2011 at 2:37 am

    Stunning. Took my breath away. What does BG stand for?

  10. bareego said, on 20/12/2011 at 12:05 am

    wonderful bokeh, so peaceful and warm
    Lovely stuff mark

  11. niasunset said, on 19/12/2011 at 8:20 pm

    Excellent photograph… Fascinated me. Thank you, with my love, nia

  12. jonnpersson said, on 19/12/2011 at 7:26 pm

    Have to agree on that one “Static Instants” one of the better macros Ive seen in a long time!

    What kind of lens did u use?

  13. Brainpack said, on 19/12/2011 at 5:29 pm

    What a beautiful little creature! I love to see all the delicate fur in amazing patterns.Thank you Mark!

  14. jamyunamiun Micheal said, on 19/12/2011 at 2:37 pm

    Very nice and awesome pic

  15. Static Instants said, on 19/12/2011 at 2:25 pm

    One of the greatest macros I’ve seen in awhile. What gear and settings was this taken with? Great shot!

  16. TheTaoOfD said, on 19/12/2011 at 2:19 pm

    that’s an awesome picture

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