Bees In Trees

“Bees In Trees” is what my wife Lisa called my photographic endeavours in March of this year. As usual, numerous plants were in bloom and it seemed that wherever I looked the blossoms were swarmed by bees attending to them.

The blossoms in this post are all from the orange trees we planted in our side yard five years ago. The two orange trees were a Cara Cara Pink Navel and a Valencia. We figured that since the two varieties produce fruit in different seasons, we’d have a longer time to harvest the fruit when the trees matured and started producing.

It was a good theory.

But it doesn’t seem to be working out in practice, since both trees produced blooms at the same time this year, and the fruit appears to be maturing at a similar rate, with the Navel fruit slightly smaller than the Valencia.

Our only harvest from the trees was a single Cara Cara orange last year. In any event, the blossoms were very attractive to the local honeybees this year, and provided plenty of opportunities to photograph bees in action.

I didn’t use any special equipment to make these photographs. Many photographers who specialize in closeup, or “macro” photography, use special lenses designed for the purpose. I don’t own any macro lenses.

I did use one “trick” to make these photographs: I moved in close to the bees. They didn’t seem to notice…

The lens I used is the 28-80mm “kit” lens from a Nikon N55 film camera. Due to the crop factor (the digital sensor is smaller than image area of a frame of 35mm film), that lens is equivalent to a 42-120mm lens on a 35mm film camera.

Photographs in this post are Copyright 2009 by RRAlexander.

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