Bees and more bees!

sara haywoodsara haywood Posts: 144

I think most of my planting is for the bees, I have hundreds of them buzzing round my garden.  I try to get as many photos of them as I can (I am no photographer!) but today I got one coming into land! 





  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892
    Oh wow! I found out today that honey bees have been known to travel SEVEN miles in a day and regularly "hunt" pollen in an area two miles from their hive.

    Amazing difference for those tiny little wings!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,773

    I think that's a lovely pic image

    It's such a simple thing Sara but it's always fascinating watching them isn't it? I stood for ages watching all sorts of different ones on a cotoneaster the other day. 

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • sara haywoodsara haywood Posts: 144

    They are just amazing! Did you know they quite enjoy being stroked? My children think I am mad, I do it show them they shouldn't run from them!


  • sara haywoodsara haywood Posts: 144


    and this one has a furry bum!


  • TomskTomsk Posts: 204

    I love seeing bees come to the garden. Last year I had a dahlia flower very well, and they were all over it every day. This year I have a few dahlias, partly because of the bees, though they're yet to flower.

    Try raising the ISO of your camera to 200 or 400, or maybe even 800 on a bright sunny day like today. The difference in picture quality will be small but you'll end up with a faster shutter time, which will produce sharper images.

    Taking photos like this is always difficult because the wind is blowing the flowers around while the bee is buzzing around, so nothing stays still. The shorter the exposure (a faster shutter time), the clearer the snapshot of the moment will be, and sometimes it's a better compromise to have a sharper image with more speckles caused by a high ISO, than a blurry image with no speckles at all.

  • sara haywoodsara haywood Posts: 144

    Thanks Tomsk, I shall try that next time, to be honest I didn't even know the bee was there till the photo was taken. I am however determined to get some action shots now! 

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,017

    That's a brilliant photo!! I love watching the bees make use of the flowers,its just one of many reasons we garden I think,to know we're playing an important role in the ecosystem.

  • Gareth99Gareth99 Posts: 38

    I've always thought that the presence of bees, wasps and butterflies is the sign of a healthy garden. Alliums are great attractors too. 


    Is there an annual bee count to go with the RSPB garden bird count? If not there should be (ha! bee!).


  • sara haywoodsara haywood Posts: 144

    Great picture Gareth. I shall volunteer to count my bees..... if only they would sit still!

  • nodlisabnodlisab Posts: 394

    This year so far I have seen more bees than any other year I can remember,lets hope they are on the increase and making a comeback.

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