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Bees in her Bonnet


This ends my series of posts on The Farm from when we were there in Michigan back in August.  Thanks to every one of you who stopped by and supported this series.  Thanks to my sister, Ruth, who never knew what was coming but was such a good sport about it all!

I thought we were losing our precious bees, but you'd never know it from this tree!
I took this pic at 12x optical on my wee camera and this is the closest I got.  They knew better than to be at arm's length!

Don said this tree is loaded with honey.  But who would want to get at it?


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my daughter AMY...35 big ones!

Bees in her Bonnet


This ends my series of posts on The Farm from when we were there in Michigan back in August.  Thanks to every one of you who stopped by and supported this series.  Thanks to my sister, Ruth, who never knew what was coming but was such a good sport about it all!

I thought we were losing our precious bees, but you'd never know it from this tree!
I took this pic at 12x optical on my wee camera and this is the closest I got.  They knew better than to be at arm's length!

Don said this tree is loaded with honey.  But who would want to get at it?


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my daughter AMY...35 big ones!

comments (32)

  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Sep 2007, 00:07
Firstly Happy Birthday to Amy.

You are a brave lady Ginnie just looking at these bees makes my skin crawl. Funny you should post it because my best mate was sung yesterday on the butt getting dressed so this post made me laugh. Its ok she also saw the funny side.wink
Ginnie Hart: In reality, Tracy, these bees were quite far away and Don was standing beside me, so somehow I felt very safe! smile What synchronicity that your friend had just gotten stung. Poor thing. sad Thanks for the birthday wishes.
  • Aussie
  • brisbane
  • 30 Sep 2007, 00:13
Thats a nice hive, lots of bees.
Ginnie Hart: A gazillion bees at least, Aussie. smile Thanks.
I love love love this shot!
Seriously... Love the colors, and it's sharp and everything...
Ginnie Hart: You're so very cute Susan. You always bring a smile to my face. smile
I raised honey bees years ago but have never seen bees in the wild other than a swarm which got gathered up pretty quickly after I called a bee-raising friend. This is great, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I have never seen them in a tree like this, Mary, so it was new for me as well. Thanks.
  • Busola
  • Germany
  • 30 Sep 2007, 01:32
You are one brave grand mother. I need to watch over you taking such risks. What if they were Killer bees. Next time i see you i will clone you.
Happy birthday Amy. Youve got a very sweet and special mum.
Ginnie Hart: HA! As I told Tracy, in reality these bees were quite high up in the tree and Don was standing beside me, so somehow I felt very safe! smile But thanks for being protective of me, Busola. I like that. smile
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 30 Sep 2007, 01:38
Happy Birthday to Amy. My daughter turned 20 on the 28th.

Great color but they can keep their honey.
Ginnie Hart: September must be the month for birthdays, Helen, because I know of a lot of them! Thanks.
Winnie the Pooh, that's who.

(Singing: "I'm just a little black rain cloud, hovering under the honey tree...")

To hear it, you can visit this link:
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/raincloud.htm
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. I LOVE Winnie the Pooh! Thanks for the reminder of him, Karen. smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Sep 2007, 02:23
Wonderful image, Ginnie...so full of rich warm colours and well presented.

The image gives a great sense of the dynamism of colony; many of the bees are in sharp focus, but others are moving rapidly and so the picture is like a movie for me.

My Dad kept about 40 hives...intended to be a commercial side-line, but I doubt he ever covered his expenses. I learned quite a bit about bees from him, and have retained a great affection for these wonderful critters despite once being stung more than 150 times when I tried as a 10 year old to "capture" a wild swarm and discovered my technique was flawed...one tends to remember lessons of this kind.
Ginnie Hart: The more I learn about your dad and you, the more I am amazed at all your life experiences, Ray. Man! You should write a book! You clearly have kept your curiosity about life, in spite of your 10-year-old "capture." Thanks for sharing.
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 30 Sep 2007, 03:00
I certainly wouldn't want to mess with this. The shot captures the business very well smile
Ginnie Hart: Me neither, Martin. Thanks.
  • sara
  • earth
  • 30 Sep 2007, 04:24
look at the warm earth action! you can see the wings fluttering and the bark baking in the sun.

birthday happiness to amy. 35 is good. ~S.
Ginnie Hart: You of all people would like this, Sara. Yes, it's so...earthy!

Thanks for the birthday wishes. That will mean a lot to her.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 30 Sep 2007, 04:48
i LOVED the series.
Ginnie Hart: You're so sweet to say so, Rags. Thank you!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Sep 2007, 07:28
The milling crowd, the endless activity and the bustle (In German we would say: 'Gewusel'wink of the hardworking millions of bees are depictured very impressively. As well the old 'skin' and scars of the tree telling about a long, long life.
Ginnie Hart: The tree is amazing, isn't it, Philine. I think the bees fell in love with her and that's why they chose her! Thanks.
happy returnsof the day to amy...

this one makes me itchy all over...excellent shot, now i need to run...
Ginnie Hart: Amy will appreciate that, Sam. Thanks.
A nice finish to leave us buzzing with anticipation as to what comes next. Happy Birthday to you daughter Amy.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You are so creative, Bill. Thanks. You're right...something is coming up next. grin
It would be nice to get the honey but I'm not sure the benefit outweighs the risk!! Nice shot. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Maybe the tree will live a long happy life if the honey stays put! Thanks, Dave.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Sep 2007, 10:36
Ah that's where all my bees are! Great abstract, and again a nice subtle use of colour.
Ginnie Hart: Yup. We can look no further. Here are the bees! Thanks, Mike.
Impressive shot and beautiful border and of cause Happy birthday to your daughter !
I can't believe it : You had her at 10 years old....
smile smile smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHAHA! You got me! smile Believe it or not, Zeb, in my day I was quite old to have my first child at age 27. Back then all my friends had had their firstborns a good 5 years earlier! smile But that's okay. She has been a gem! Thanks.
Wow, I don't think that I would have dared to get any closer too. Great shot and I like the warm colours.
Ginnie Hart: They actually were quite high up in the tree, Julia, and Don was standing next to me, so I felt pretty safe. smile Thanks.
Just looking at these bees makes me wanna run....they are beautiful but.... smile
Ginnie Hart: Yup. I think we'll just leave good enough alone, Aksel. smile Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Sep 2007, 12:31
Fascinating shot. You were very brave to get so close!
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: As I've told others, Ingrid, these bees were pretty high up and Don was standing next to me, so I felt pretty safe. smile Thanks.
don't know whether to 'awww' or be scared
Ginnie Hart: They won't bite you, I promise, Dr.A.W. smile Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 30 Sep 2007, 16:46
WOW I would like to be anywhere but close to that tree. But I'm allergic to bees otherwise I'm sure I would be up close with my camera ;-) It's a really good picture though... Take care you brave woman smile
Ginnie Hart: I feel so sorry for those who are allergic to bees, Frida. NO FUN! Thank God you're safe from THESE bees! smile Thanks.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 30 Sep 2007, 17:14
It looks as if the "tree-skin" is coming alive...even with your 12x zoom I think you very corageous smile
Excellent tones and textures!
Ginnie Hart: Well, I was also standing next to Don, who seemed to be like a protection. smile Thanks. Lina.
  • bridge
  • Nigeria
  • 30 Sep 2007, 17:29
Quite a shot Ginnie...love it, hate bees! Happy birthday to Amy.
Ginnie Hart: We hate what they can do to US, Bridge, but just think where we'd be without them! No flowers and no H O N E Y! Amy will be happy for your wishes. Thanks.
  • chris
  • Somewhere south of the border!
  • 30 Sep 2007, 19:45
Goodness, many busy bees!
Ginnie Hart: Many, many, many! You're right, Chris. Thanks.
Wow! Ginnie! Here there is an impressive amount of bees. This must be very dangerous.

Many congratulations to your Amy daughter in this day! smile
Ginnie Hart: It didn't feel dangerous, Jose, because they were minding their own business and I really was quite a ways away. Besides, Don was standing next to me and I felt protected. smile Thanks your your congratulations to my daughter!
Great serie I loved them all, each one of them! Good for Ruthsmile
Happy birthday to AMY!!! and for you Ginnie, of course a happy birthday as a momsmile
Ginnie Hart: So glad you could meet Ruth on her farm, JoAnn. smile And yes, happy birthday to Amy. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Sep 2007, 22:41
Sweet shot (you know there are more than one bee?). tongue I like the spots of movement within the tribe even at 1/200 sec.

Somebody mentioned about great colours and good detail with which I agree.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Louis. I sure HOPE there is more than one bee left! smile Thanks as always for stopping by! smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 30 Sep 2007, 23:28
Ok I'm bad because I haven't even seen these. :| So, um, thank you for showing me!

A very nice composition.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Ask Don and he'll tell you where it is. smile That's so funny, Ruth. Thanks again for letting me surprise you every day by invading your privacy!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 1 Oct 2007, 10:14
Oh, I know which TREE they inhabit. I just haven't SEEN the swarm. I wonder if it's too late . . .
Ginnie Hart: Ahhhhh. Hmmm. Wonder what these bees are doing today! And where do they go when it starts getting cold?? Now I'm curious about the life cycle of a bee and how long it can live! Thanks for the clarification, Ruth.
  • Amy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Oct 2007, 12:46
A big THANK YOU to all of you for your kind birthday wishes. So far 35 is GREAT! smile
Ginnie Hart: I know you aren't from Great Britain, Amy, so I'm having a bit of a chuckle right now. How did THAT get there!

But I'm so glad you had a great day yesterday and know that you are loved and remembered by many people...yes, around the world! smile
that is a spectacular photo Ginnie! Ohmy~even at 12x zoom i'm not so sure i'd be that close. altho...i've been a little foolhardy to capture that perfect shot too so i suppose i should just keep my trap (fingers?) shut (silent?). smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, these bees really did seem to be minding their own business, Mad, and Don was standing next to me, so I guess I never even thought to worry about the trouble I might be in! smile Thanks for stopping by again. That always means a lot.

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