Nature's Place

Then There Was …

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The same bee from different angles on different days, times and ambient light.

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… one.

Winter is coming and the bees are struggling to hang on. Regardless of the conditions they, she, can be found at dusk on the same grass stem as yesterday.

As summer ends their numbers are no longer replenished. The young won’t waken until the temperature rises again and the moisture in the air increases.

The colder it gets the less they eat and fly, the colder they get, the quicker they die. Much like us people … better keep the camera warm or it’s me next.

And next year, as long as the conditions are right, there will be more bees to participate in the great cycle of things we know as nature.

Thank you bee, it’s been fun following you around since spring. See you next year I trust, maybe plant some flowers for you.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look
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  1. Margaret Griffin said, on 18/05/2016 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Mark, What kind of bee is this? I am wondering as you mention the bee settles down to sleep on plant stems. I enjoyed your bee photographs in both recent posts.

    • Mark said, on 18/05/2016 at 9:19 pm

      Hi Margaret. Many bees sleep gripping a stem of grass in their jaws. This kind is called megachille, maybe a leaf-cutter or resin bee.

  2. In The Autumn Of My Life said, on 14/05/2016 at 4:11 am

    An excellent set of photos. Summer is coming in the UK and I have planted Borage for the bees this year.They likey :-)

    • Mark said, on 14/05/2016 at 7:12 am

      The butterfly bush has served well here this year, as long as they are dead-headed they flower a long time. Have to simplify it though, too much time spent watering.

      Thanks …

  3. Cate said, on 13/05/2016 at 11:31 pm

    A lovely way to honor this little one, Mark; she’s a beauty!

    • Mark said, on 13/05/2016 at 11:54 pm

      She is Cate. If people were so simple there would be more love in the world …

  4. cjwaterfield said, on 13/05/2016 at 4:43 pm

    Bees are a barometer to what changes are happening worldwide. We shouldn’t undermine what the bees are telling us. Extraordinary photos!

    • Mark said, on 13/05/2016 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks CJ, you are right, when the canary in the mine falls over it’s time to get out or change how things are done. It’s not happening though.

  5. treesshrubs said, on 13/05/2016 at 3:13 pm

    Aww!! they’re so beautifully complex and tis true winter is coming.

  6. David said, on 13/05/2016 at 10:35 am

    As summer ends in your half of the world it is beginning in mine and I am looking forward to more opportunities for flower an insect photos. I’m hoping I can produce at least a few as interesting as yours.

    • Mark said, on 13/05/2016 at 4:16 pm

      I’m sure you will when you give it the time required.

  7. Jane Lurie said, on 13/05/2016 at 5:30 am

    Wonderful image and tribute to our important bees, Mark.

    • Mark said, on 13/05/2016 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks Jane. The little ones deserve acknowledgement … In fact without it they will disappear altogether.

  8. Lissa said, on 13/05/2016 at 5:30 am

    “better keep the camera warm or it’s me next” – made me chuckle. I have an aviary with four very old Cockatiels and the same applies to them. One day I will go out and find one or two have grown too old to cope with yet another winter and have literally fallen off the perch.

    • Mark said, on 13/05/2016 at 4:19 pm

      I suppose they have a roof?

      • Lissa said, on 13/05/2016 at 5:10 pm

        They live in a beautiful purpose made aviary, yes.

        • Mark said, on 13/05/2016 at 7:05 pm

          Lucky things … Any space to rent there? :-)


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