Wisteria gives me a buzz

Friday, April 28, 2006

You know you're obsessed with your new camera equipment when [fill in the blank].

My answer: When you're willing to snuggle up to a swarm of bees because you want that perfect tight shot of a single one.

It took two parts tenacity, one part bravery, and perhaps a dash of insanity to get this shot. I was out to take photos of the wisteria flowers by the edge of the community garden. As I got closer, I heard the buzz -- a loud buzz. Then I saw the swarm. There were no less than 30 large bees buzzing around that bush -- maybe more if you count the ones that were burrowed inside the fence post. They looked to me like bumble bees, so I didn't think they had stingers. Still, it was a bit unnerving.

I hung out with those bees for about an hour, hoping not to cause too much of an interruption in their frantic pattern of nectar gathering and mating. At one point, I thought the bees might signal to each other, "Hey, that lady's been hanging out here too long, let's all swarm her!"

Fortunately, I came away unscathed. And a few of the bees had paused long enough for me to get some great shots.


Anonymous Anthony said...

Excellent picture. You get my vote for Bravest Garden Blogger. Hearing that loud buzz would have sent me running.

9:13 AM  
Blogger ~~ Melissa said...

Lovely! I don't find the bees mind me near them, but neither do they ever stay still long enough for me to get the shot I want. :)

3:24 PM  
Blogger Weeding the Garden said...

I am more frightened of the Wisteria than I am those bees.!!!! It will take over my yard if I don't kill it every spring..

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Judith said...

Your photos are beautiful. I sure can relate to hanging out w/the bees for an hour. I am obsessive w/the camera & mine isn't fancy--it's a good quality point & shoot, but I love to use it as a third eye. You have a great blog. My first major gardening experience was in a community garden--I am very fond of community gardens...thanks for visiting me today!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Facing the bees was so worth this photo. I have one of a bee on a red poppy taken with a film camera (gasp)!
Thanks for visiting my blog. : )

12:12 AM  

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