Posts tagged “Insect

Catch this… Before it Flies

Rose Fly 02

In case you’re missing the flies of Summer on this cold Winter day? Today’s post might fulfill that yearning?Unless, of course you’re reading this from the tropics or South of the Equator? Where there’s probably a few flies around right now? I found this little series of images last Summer here in the Pacific Northwest. Turns out some flies like to rest on roses for lengthy periods in the morning before the Sun hits full noon. All of the images in this series I found at different days on my photo trips to the local rose garden. While photographing I had plenty of time to work on getting a good image. This guy was just in a resting mode. Maybe loving the warmth of this yellow rose?

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What is a Bee to the Flower?

Yellow Iris Bee

I miss the Bees! Particularly the Honeybees.

That’s what it could sound like in a few years if we keep going the rate we’re going? Of course, right now I’m missing the bees because it’s the middle of Winter. I literally can’t wait to photograph bees among the flowers again this coming Summer!

According to a report published on the Bee Informed website last May, America lost 44% of it’s Honeybee population over the previous two years. That’s typically more than twice what the normal rate of honeybee loss is in an average year. The fact that the honeybee loss over the Summer season has increased dramatically, as well as the loss over the Winter Season increasing, has many folks very concerned. Personally, I feel this article, link above, puts a lot of blame on parasites rather than focusing on pesticides like Neonicotinoids. While the article does mention pesticides as contributing, it pretty much puts the blame on small backyard beekeepers. When a swarm of dead bees are found underneath a fruit tree that’s recently been sprayed with pesticides, as happened in Wilsonville, Oregon a few years back, I find it difficult to believe that’s because of a parasite from backyard beekeepers.

Anyway, it was Albert Einstein who said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”That’s very concerning, I just hope we’re not in those last 4 years yet?

If America doesn’t care enough about it’s dwindling honeybee population, it’s my hope that another nation will pick up the slack?

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Willamette Valley, Oregon Country

One of the perks of the job I have is that I get to travel pretty much throughout the entire Northern portion of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Rather than take the Interstate 5 Freeway, I prefer to take the scenic route – sometimes even purposely trying to “get lost” and finding my way back to civilization. That’s really the only way I’m going to find the really good scenes that will create really spectacular images.

Yesterday I had a job in Stayton. I nice, quaint little community East of Salem. I took the scenic route, and brought my camera. A lot of times it’s not worth taking my camera because I’m traveling early in the morning and it usually stays dark until I get to my destination. I’m a schools photographer, and need to be ready to portraits of the kids when they show up at school. I’m usually leaving in the afternoons during the harsh sun light. But it’s still possible to find great images in the harsh sunlight. While traveling along the Cascade Highway yesterday I came across a couple Mustard Grass farms. The landscape scenery was breath taking. I even got out of my car and walked a little ways into the field to find some images for my Flower Photo website. The field was buzzing with bee activity, I swear the whole area was literally vibrating. It was exciting but not something I’d recommend to someone who is allergic to bees. They didn’t bother me at all, probably under the influence of the flower euphoria.

It was definitely a memorable scene and I hope you like these images. Please share with your friends.



Just Bee – 2014

I’m doing some Soul Searching right now.

So, I’m looking for suggestions on where to take this blog? It appears that what I’m doing isn’t really appealing to folks very much? I’m not attracting the number of followers, and my current followers don’t appear to be sharing this blog with their friends and contacts very much? While this blog was always about just giving an avenue to display the images I create, in an effort to generate business for my photography. None of that is happening right now, and I’d like to find out how I can make that happen? So, I’m cutting back on the number of posts I create each week. Until I can figure out what direction this blog is going, I’m planning to step back just a little bit while that is happening. I will continue to post some of my favorite images in a theme about once a week. Hopefully that will still generate interest in visiting this blog.

This week’s post features some of my favorite images of bees that I’ve found over this past Summer. I take a lot of images of flowers to maintain my 2 Quote A Flower blog. While taking images of flowers, one is bound to come across a bee or two. These are my favorites from over the Summer of 2014.

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Summertime Swallowtails

I was reading a book in Laurelhurst Park the other day, at one point I looked up and saw this Swallowtail Butterfly flying around nearby. At first, I didn’t realize I had my camera with me, because I was so engrossed in the book I was reading – The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by Haskell, David George unknown edition [Hardcover(2012)] After a time, I finished the chapter I was on, looked up and saw the Butterfly again. It was at that time that I remembered, I brought my camera with me, since I was hoping to find some images of the many squirrels that roam the park. Ha, it was time to try and find some good images of the solitary Swallowtail swarming around the brush. These images are so-so, I know, but decent none-the-less.

I hope you like this week’s images, please share with your friends and connections.