by Melody Hauf
In the world of flower photography and macro photography we see how much people love photographing bees. What a tireless worker the bee is and so often these days we are punishing the poor little things to the point that they are dying off in massive numbers. I hear it on the news and PBS programs.
I'm not going to lie... it is so very sad and disturbing. The essential mechanics to how we get the food to our table is based on these little workers. They say it is happening for a range of reasons, from converting the landscape and their home territory into pavement, to pesticide use, plant modification, and other genetic manipulation craziness I can't understand. Sorry, off my soap box rant and on to the photography world...
It all boils down to this: I LOVE PHOTOS WITH BEES!
So, photographs with bees in them... don't you love them? A bee in a photo says something. It is not longer a photo of a flower. A bee is a "busy bee", a worker, energetic, productive, a honey maker, a catalyst for change! With their efforts, that bee will pollinate and aide in the production of a new flower, fruit, and veggies. A bee in a photo makes a subconcious statement.
The bee also has a striped pattern that provides a focal point and a lovely contrast to a flower photograph. It's body had an interesting shape as well. Let's celebrate the bee today and make the choices to love the bees! Buy organic honey and food! Plant some flowers in your garden! Gently encourage them to leave your picnic instead of killing them!