Bee With Me (Rehab16)

60mm f/2.8 1/50s ISO1600
60mm f/2.8 1/50s ISO1600

I don’t know how I’ve ended up with so many animal photos πŸ™‚

I love macro photography, so when I went in to the kitchen to do the dishes this morning and I saw this poor little guy on his last legs, I took the opportunity to take some shots of him. There is one that isn’t very sharp, but I included it because he looks like he’s struggling to getΒ up!

This photo is my 16th submission for the lovely Lucile’s Photo101Rehab. Please take a look at her blog and join in the fun!! Photo technicalities are listed on each photo. All were taken with my Olympus OMD EM5 and edited in Lightroom – just some lightning as well as increasing contrast and clarity. All photos are taken hand-held, which is why the ISO is so high (I had to use a slow shutter).

I saw on an episode of QI recently, that you can revive a bee by feeding it some honey, so I decided to try that. When I put the honey down, he struggled to get to it, so I nudged him to the pile and his little proboscis went to work sucking on the honey. When I came back a little later, he was belly-flopped in the honey pool. I was worried for his safety, so I scooped him out and put him back up on the windowsill. When I returned a few minutes later, he was gone! I like to think that he was fully revived and flew off to beeeeee with his friends πŸ˜‰

As an aside, have you seen QI (which stands for Quite Interesting)?? It’s a British panel show, hosted by Stephen Fry. I love this show and have learnt many fun facts while roaring with laughter.

x desleyjane

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. afairymind says:

    Great photos. πŸ™‚ I love that you fed him honey – I think I’ve seen that QI as well…

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    1. desleyjane says:

      I think it worked! That really brightened my day when I saw that he had flown off πŸ™‚
      It’s such a good show. My TiVo tapes them all for me.

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Great shots. I’d like to try some insect photography in 2015 myself.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Good idea. When it works, it’s very rewarding πŸ™‚

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  3. Andy Townend says:

    Awesome images. Reading it on mu phone I had a nagging horror that i was watching insect torture porn and then the rescue! Great post.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Heh heh. It felt a bit that way living through it! LOL.

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  4. Great story, interesting shots and inspiring ending. Kindness to animals is good for the spirit.

    Cheers,

    Omar.-

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  5. Mara Eastern says:

    That’s fascinating! Your photos are stunning — and I hate insects — and your story is intriguing! You’re very good at macro πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Aw thanks luv. I’m not really a fan of insects either but he really seemed to be struggling so he caught my attention. I was chatting to him the whole time, advising him when he’d had “quite enough” honey. I must have looked quite mad!

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  6. nalinki says:

    the good deed of the day – this little fellow is a fighter and a handsome model πŸ™‚

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  7. What a wondrous collection of bee photos! I don’t normally like bees (for fear of them stinging me) but I like these photos very much!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you! Me either but I really felt for this little guy. 😊

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  8. I too had the horrible idea we were watching a death be it a stunning death. So sweet and i am so glad you did what you did with the honey. Absolutely stunning photos x

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks love. Sorry to worry you ☺️ x

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  9. Oh the photos are absolutely amazing and who knew about the magical honey!!!!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      I admit that I used fancy Manuka honey from New Zealand. Apparently, I have well-fed bees πŸ˜„

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  10. Tammy says:

    Great to met you today when you collected your canvases! Love your blog, so huge thanks in sharing with me πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Hey Tammy – thank you so much πŸ™‚
      And it’s my pleasure – I hope you enjoy!

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  11. That’s a great gift he got from you πŸ™‚ Happy holidays!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Happy holidays to you!!

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  12. Love the photos and what you did to the bee…he needed a scientist to resurrect him. Awesome.
    xxx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks lovely, it was so cool πŸ™‚
      xox

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  13. Norah says:

    Very cute bee! i love that you revived it with honey. I like that ending too. What a great story. Thank goodness for some useful information from QI! I haven’t watched many episodes but have found them entertaining. I have listened to a couple of Stephen Fry’s audiobooks and enjoyed them too.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Norah – I’m glad you liked it. Yes, Stephen is a smart and funny guy. I love QI, used to watch it all the time…

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