Nature's Place

Beautiful Bees

Dancing with delight, on a hot summers day, on the edge of the birdbath filled with cool clear rainwater. … Why not …

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Taking water up to bring back to the hive, instinctively. One of the functions of this form. With an invisible, but divinable, heart of gold that is the beauty behind.

Sustained by another form, a flower, serving its function. All for us to delight in, if we can. But what is de-light, the light. Could it be when the veil of shadows disappears …

Beauty, of clarity transcending the appearance in form and the mechanics of function – of anything, everything.

In the eye of the beholder, naturally, since everybody sees some of the time. When the quiet is, here, now.

What gets in the way of it? Just self-reflective thinking, but a substantive veil of obscurity. Shadowing …

Obscuring the simple with complications we love to entertain, they’re entertaining.

Until we’ve had enough … or enough have had enough.

It’s not for everybody.

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.

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  1. pflanzwas said, on 18/04/2022 at 5:46 am

    So beautiful your pictures, so beautiful this bee! I love this light, honeygolden 🙂

  2. Cate said, on 18/04/2022 at 5:17 am

    Enjoyed the images — it’s early bee season here! — and reflection, Mark. Thank you.

    • Mark said, on 18/04/2022 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Cate. Bee time is passing here, time to prepare for next spring.

  3. Brenda Wright in Kentucky said, on 18/04/2022 at 12:34 am

    You bring out the beauty in so many creatures we take for granted. Seeing them up so close gives a very different perspective and appreciation. Very much enjoy your work. Thanks!

    • Mark said, on 18/04/2022 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Brenda.

      All forms of life are special, they all have their own life to live and up close it becomes apparent we are not separate in our nature. It’s just human unhappiness that sets us apart on the earth.

  4. Chris Mousseau said, on 17/04/2022 at 9:17 pm

    The first photo looks like the bee is saying “hello!”

  5. kopfundgestalt said, on 17/04/2022 at 8:47 pm

    Beauftiful the watercircles…and nearly everthing is Covered with hair…

    • Mark said, on 18/04/2022 at 10:16 am

      The light was just right I think. Hair, sensors, helps how they ‘see’ I suspect – sensing vibrations on the air.

  6. picpholio said, on 17/04/2022 at 5:32 pm

    Great macro shots Marc.
    Happy Easter.

  7. macmsue said, on 17/04/2022 at 3:25 pm

    Just, WOW!

  8. Sheila Sondik said, on 17/04/2022 at 12:51 pm

    Spectacular! Thank you for sharing these visions.

    • Mark said, on 17/04/2022 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks Sheila, for dropping by and commenting.

      Acknowledgement supports the work you do there too.

  9. Glen Fox said, on 17/04/2022 at 11:47 am

    Mark, these are fantastic. The drinking bee is one of the best I have ever seen. The lighting is wonderful. Have you changed your gear or added a light source or something. Or was it Nature’s gift!

    Was this with the 60mm Olympus + Raynox?

    • Mark said, on 17/04/2022 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks Glen. My favourite too. That one was the best of a couple hundred, the ambient light was just right for the diffused flash I also use (and orientation, background shadowing, etc) – it’s always a balance of things that I go into somewhat here – Macro Illustrated – where if you search the page for ‘snoot’ you will also find my setup.

      Still using the Oly 60 and R150 (occasionally R250, rarely both at same time these days). But really, any gear of suitable specs will do.

      Nature’s gift? Yes, and you’ve got to be there for it to present, usually takes some time too – no doubt you know.

  10. Anonymous said, on 17/04/2022 at 11:33 am

    Stunning photos – the last one tops them all .. beautiful.


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