Nature's Place

Pictures for Sale – Bees and Frogs

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)

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  1. katiesoul said, on 26/06/2022 at 7:27 am

    Hi Mark
    These pictures are stunning.
    I am so excited to see your collection here and to see that you are making your photographs available to the community – brilliant!
    I’ll be sharing with my network as I’m sure your other followers will.
    All the best,
    Kate

    • Mark said, on 26/06/2022 at 9:02 am

      Thanks Kate.

      For sharing, and your kind words and advice on editing. :-)

      M


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