More bees this summer?

This last week or two, I have been struck by the number of bees in my garden, seems that they are more plentiful this year, and I think to myself that maybe I have the right kinds of plants. We know that in recent years bees have become less healthy, and numbers have declined, so my observation can’t be right….can it?

A friend and I were wandering around Saville Gardens yesterday (more photos to come in a later post), and commenting on the bees. On our return to her place, the bees were having a field day around her lavender..and she commented that there definitely seemed to be more around this summer. In addition, I am now in possession of some lavender cuttings to plant ion my own garden..more for the bees.

So here are a few bee images I took yesterday…the bee in flight is sadly not sharp, but it seems it’s my reactions, you never know when they are going to up and fly!! The camera was set on fast shutter speed and I had it on motor drive….next time, I’ll up the ISO to enable me to have a smaller aperture in addition to a fast shutter speed, in order to to increase the depth of field which should then enable me to get a better shot even if I can’t track the flight perfectly!



  1. Sonel

    Stunning shots Sue and I am very glad to hear the bees are so abundant there. A good sign for sure. 😀

    • Well, I’m not sure the bees are so abundant, generally, but they seem to be around my area at present! Thanks, as ever, for commenting. 🙂

  2. Although I did not understand half of the technical stuff in your post I did like your pics. However I was stung today for the second time this summer. Wish they had aimed for my forehead #cheapbotox

    • Tecnical stuff? Oh, not to do with the little critters, all that aperture/ISO/shutter speed/motor drive stuff….yes, I have a friend who says I like my gizmos. Gizmos, I ask you! Blimey, bad news about the stings, how to lure them to your forehead? Bet your forehead is less full of ravines than mine!

  3. Lovely photos Sue. I spent a couple of sunny days this summer stalking the bumble bees that covered all the lavender plants in our garden. They are such a beautiful sight.

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