Friday, 13 June 2014

Photo-bombed by a bee!

I find it difficult to take photos of insects, there's something I've not quite mastered about the focus of my camera which makes it difficult to get a clear shot.

When we were in Perth recently, I saw this lovely dog rose in the rain

then I tried for a second shot, and look what happened!

If you're in the UK, why not take part in the Great British Bee Count. This survey aims to gather information on the state of bees in the country.

Bees are struggling in the UK, due to loss of their habitats and the wildflowers that they feed on, alongside the detrimental effects of some pesticides. This survey will help scientists to track the state of the health of bees in the UK and hopefully help them out of their current predicament.

Learn to recognise the bees being surveyed and record those you see!

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We know that bees are going hungry and homeless.  A big problem is the loss of their vital habitat, with 97% of wildflower meadows gone in the past 60 years. - See more at: http://greatbritishbeecount.co.uk/about.php#sthash.K1RFoCNk.dpuf

We know that bees are going hungry and homeless.  A big problem is the loss of their vital habitat, with 97% of wildflower meadows gone in the past 60 years. - See more at: http://greatbritishbeecount.co.uk/about.php#sthash.K1RFoCNk.dpuf
We know that bees are going hungry and homeless.  A big problem is the loss of their vital habitat, with 97% of wildflower meadows gone in the past 60 years. - See more at: http://greatbritishbeecount.co.uk/about.php#sthash.K1RFoCNk.dpuf

12 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Sometimes the "accidental" shots are the best ones. I was taking a photo of a sunset last week and a bird flew into the shot. I didn't see it until afterwards. It made for a beautiful picture :)

Sam Pennington said...

That's a great idea Juliet, I'm definately going to look into that survey. We have lots of different species visiting our messy wild garden, so it'll be interesting to take part.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

1. Here we have that horrible Hive Collapse Disorder going on.
2. BUT you being photo bombed by a bee is very funny!
3. I once saw a swarming of bees going up the street. It was at least 15 feet tall and shaped like a small tornado.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

What fun!

TexWisGirl said...

sweet! :)

Kat Mortensen said...

I've just had a look at that bumblebee shot and it is stunning! A very serendipitous drop-in!

Halcyon said...

That bee looks so fuzzy and friendly. :) Nice "accidental" shot.

Bill said...

I'm reminded of the moment that led to this:

sun on the pond
the spread of a drake's wings
after mating

I had pointed my digital camera at a duck and drake swimming in the Serpentine in Hyde Park, but when I looked at what the camera had caught, there were duck and drake in flagrante delictu. Didn't take them any longer than it takes to click a pic. The haiku records the immediate aftermath.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Juliet,

This is a lovely photo of the bee.
We were just watching a bee buzzing around the lavender today.
Happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful rose and your timing was perfect for the bee. Lovely shots. Have a happy weekend!

A Cuban In London said...

That's a magnificent shot! :-) Thanks.

Greetings from London.

Rambling Woods said...

The perfect photo bomber for a flower