Nature's Place

Pictures for Sale – Bees and Frogs

Posted in by Mark on 23/06/2022

Coming soon … this page yet to be finalized.

Take a few minutes to scroll and read through, you won’t be disappointed.

Buy a beautiful Bee or a Frog, or both … as a relatively maintenance-free pet perhaps? :-)

Every home should have one, or two … Get them while they are still available in the wild.

Native Bees and Frogs, images on high quality archival paper mounted simply for durability and affordability.

Below there are 50 images of Bees (Native Oz + local Honey Bees) and native Frogs, all taken in the wild, I am prepping for sale at market (and online or f2f in Thornlands, SE Brisbane) to be available asap.

The images below are printed on Fujifilm Crystal Archive paper and will be mounted on finished 4mm marine plywood – will post an example of image/s mounted asap. So they will be simple, light, durable and affordable. And at the same time a very attractive display.

The stock standard printed image size will be 8″ x 12″, the board will provide backing and a larger border and will be painted. Other sizes can be ordered, and (at some stage) you will be able to choose your own board/background colour to match the particular image. It’s also possible to mount more than one image on a single board, such as in a diptych (2 pix) or a triptych (3 pix), etc.

The mounted pictures can be hung on smooth wall surfaces using this 3M Command method. Or a picture stand would work fine too, for standing on a tabletop or other flat surface.

If you are interested in this product or have some comment or feedback please contact me via the Contact Page.

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All shots taken at various locations around Redlands in SE Brisbane. See here – Macro Illustrated – for how I do it.

Blue Banded Bee – below.

They can be found at rest in the garden, or asleep on a twig near a nest site. Check the link above to Macro Illustrated for my take on the process of making acquaintance with these wonderful creatures, and many others.

Green Eye Leafcutter Bee – below.

A leafcutter is so named for their practise of cutting leaves to use as lining for their nests. You might have noticed some leaves in your garden with round cut-outs, that’s them. They have favourite leaves, best suited to their purpose, nature knows its stuff.

Carpenter Bee – below.

Only the one for now, a very elusive bee.

I found this one on its back in a puddle in Venman NP after a stormy night. The stick came in handy again, to give her something to grip and help her out. You can see the dent in her eye, probably blown into a tree or such – who knows. I do know she loved getting herself back together and climbing off up a tree I put her on.

Honey Bee – below.

These two below are taking advantage of the birdbath filled with rainwater. On some hot days the hive sends waves of these little ladies to collect fresh water.

Here they are out in the bush, Venman NP, collecting water and minerals from a seasonal creek to take back to the hive. Makes for a healthier life, for a bee.

A set of four below. These had been rescued after falling into the water. She takes her time to preen and dry off while recovering, before flying back to the hive. The stick she is on is the one mentioned in the Macro Illustrated link above.

Furry Leaf Cutter Bee – below.

These little beauties were prolific at one time near the Victoria Point water treatment plant, until a successful re-vegetation exercise buried or displaced them. Good intentions … and the road to ruin.

They were best found at dawn or dusk and they woke or came to sleep for the night on their favourite twigs. They would often jostle for a space to sleep safe and sound, or land and return until they were satisfied of their position. They could also be observed dreaming. Yes, bees dream.

Or on a cold day as winter approached, or the sun went in and left them cold, they might just sleep where they find themselves. On a flower perhaps, where the morning dew would coat them until the sun warmed them up again and they could go about their bee business.

Neon Cuckoo Bee – below.

Then there’s the Cuckoo, beautiful creatures. Just like the birds of the same kind, lay their eggs in another bees nest for them to provision or/and nurture. They are often found near a Blue Banded Bee nest site, sleeping or just waiting for their opportunity to do what all creatures do, reproduce. The BBB’s know it too and chase them off when they see them getting too close for comfort. It has to be seen.

Orange Tail Resin Bee – below.

These particular bees were born in a bee hotel in Victoria Point. The first could be a male resting on a bamboo stick in the garden, maybe waiting for a female to present herself. He’s got a springtail on his back – how some creatures get about. What an adventure that springtail might have had.

The second is of two newborns, frolicking about in the same garden, playing. Bees play …

And the third one is of mother, a grand mother indeed. Here she is finishing of her nest, sealing it with resin – hence the name – before she starts on her next nest. Very busy bees, a delight to watch at work and play.

Frogs – All native to SE Brisbane.

What can I say about frogs, these are tree frogs, little beauties too. They came with the wild rain this year (and before) and as long as there is enough nature about, and enough food, they will come. As long as we provide a clean place for them to live they will adorn any garden with their calls, their colours and their play.

These are mostly hunting amongst the crucifix orchids I have had with me for years. They appreciate the fact there are no chemicals used in the garden and snails and other bugs love it too.

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And this one, because Google takes the last picture as first and displays it with any link shared – supposedly.

A native Blue Banded Bee – Female, because of the 4 bands, not 5 (for the male)

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.

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Bee Again …

The only full face shoot available to me on the day. Good posture, didn’t notice me at all, too focused.

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Seedlings shooting up all over the place, will eventually bear flowers and food for the bees that drink hereabouts.

All different individuals, they don’t stop for long, just like they are when visiting flowers in the garden. Busy bees.

And dedicated, no slackers here. They have one mission, to serve the purpose of the hive and the queen, one life.

One for all and all for one. Loved that about the three musketeers. Such a selfless lot, well at least they endeavored. I think. :-)

Mid winter here in the southern hemisphere, cold and often wet lately, I don’t expect to find much to shoot (photograph to the uninitiated).

Then I found this hidden oasis where it has been hiding in the open all these years, at my feet. Down the road from my mechanics place.

I went wandering off the beaten pathways and came to a creek and stood still a while in the warm sunshine that Brisbane’s winter is famous for.

Then I heard it, a buzzing sound upon the trickle of the clear creek water at my feet. Bees, taking up the moisture and minerals below.

This, from my first such discovery of this bee-haviour, was a pleasure to see.

And so I went to work, down on my hunkers, stretching this way and that, using the versatile stick for support and maneuverability to get the shots and not fall in.

And so it goes, doing our best to not fall in while enjoying what we can, as long as it lasts.

This life of mine …

(seems wordpress are mucking around with the editor again, producing two size texts I can’t reconcile)

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Bee Hotel …

This parasitic wasp was noticed sitting on the old Blue Banded Bee hotel, listening … for what may be.

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Listening … to what the surrounding structure and landscape was saying, the masked bee moved in.

Moving from entrance to entrance, each one separate as the BBB are a solitary bee, not hive minded – somewhat individual.

All can be seen to exercise caution, at least testing for recognition to ensure integrity to process – don’t want to finish another’s nest.

Others just testing for a suitable repository for her as yet unborn young. All things intelligent in their own ways, all things driven to reproduce.

The dark cool of the mud brick interior a suitable place for new life to begin its journey out.

not any more. Made for the Blue Banded Bee a few years ago, this hotel, they only really used it for one.

Last year a few still nested there but this year none so far, but nothing good goes to waste.

This year a swarm? – don’t know if they can be called that as they are not a hive (mind) creature.

But this year the masked bee turned up in numbers, followed by the parasitic wasp.

I will watch as everything runs its course, inside and out … maybe get a few pictures.

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Cold Bee

Small bee, or wasp, enjoying the regurgitation of some nectar, or something else. In and out, in …

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… and out … Sitting out the passing clouds on a cold winter’s day as she savoured this tasty drop.

Ready then to set off into the wild green garden, no thought for any future.

Sense is too good, to a bee and me, to spoil it with thinking.

There’s a cold wind off the sea that reaches inland and chills the garden.

The small creatures feel it, especially when the sun goes in.

But then the sun comes out again.

What a life …

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Lil Bee

On the calendula, collecting pollen for her little ones to be.

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A little nectar too, for her own wellbeing, to keep on being a bee.

Preening in another flower, what bees do by their nature.

Basking in the yellow, cooler than red, colours matter, to this bee.

A bee in the garden on a hot summers day.

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Bee Again …

Struggling mightily in the water in the pot plant tray, I lifted her out.

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It was late afternoon, so she had little time to recover and get on her way.

And she made an effort, nature never gives up before the end.

You have to admire the un-self-conscious tenacity. An indomitable will, albeit instinctive.

After a while I put her to the flowers, to enwrap and nourish her, if she was still able.

She explored a little, climbing about the petals, just finding her way.

And when it seemed too late for flight I put her to a already closing flower for the night …

I don’t know if a hive creature adapts to being alone for a night …

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Lazarus Bee

They just keep getting back up and recovering. Having a good cleanup before takeoff.

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Mitey Bee …

Found wandering among the new flower plantings.

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A little coaxing gets her up on the stick and relative safety.

What slows such a diligent worker down so? Exhaustion maybe …

A little calendula nectar works a treat to get her going again.

Possible problem coming into view, around the vulnerable neck.

And there it is, not an insignificant burden to a little bee.

And then she was gone, off on the wind.

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