Who among us doesn’t love bumble bees?
They are big, cuddly, fluffy, hard working, golden, unaggressive, cute, active, agile, blundering, inoffensive—
—and bloody hard to get a good shot of on a hot day. Must be something in the warmth … but sometimes even a bee preparing for take-off on a bouncing (Invercargill and wind, the terms are synonymous) branch is appealing. Sort of …
I looked at the info attached to this shot and the exposure was a hundredth of a second. So?
So look at them wings—just a blurry blur. So I would guess he’s (okay, she’s) flapping at quite a few flaps more than a hundred times a second. I find that impressive.
In the park I’d found a wee stretch with some very ‘bee friendly’ plants. Bees were virtually queueing up, in some case as one moved out then next moved in at once—
—patiently waiting the while.
In my haste I got an awesome amount of fuzzy shots; which is okay, ‘cos bees are fuzzy to begin with … and despite sticking the camera right in their furry little faces sometimes, I was never stung.
Neither was the camera, they just buzzed on. I like that … put me down as loving bumblebees, and the other little honeys …