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All Together Now!

All Together Now!
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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Zeiss 2/9,7-48,5
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photos with titles of songs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-12 16:58
Viewed: 4395
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
POLLEN-GATHERING BEES are precious auxiliaries in plants pollinisation. They are, of course, also appreciated for the honey they produce.
Bees have a very evoluated social life. In the hive, the bee colony develops only due to the eggs laid by the queen, "mother of the colony". When the hive becomes too small, or for other reasons, the bees swarm and the colony splits up: the queen leaves with some workerbees and males (the drones), while the hive cares for the birth of a new queen.
The swarming takes place around may and june, early enough to enable the installation of the swarm and the gathering of food before winter. They leave the hive at te warmest time of the day, accumulate honey and gather next to the hive before forming a group fixed on a support close to the hive. The place where they stay might not be definitive. They will move from place to place up to the moment they find a good shelter.
In the beginning, the swarm is not aggressive, but if bees intention is to stay, they start to organize themselves, build honeycombs and will defend their installations. Obviously, here, it's not a definitive installation. They were agglomerated, and some bees were moving around as scouts looking for a more secure place. A swarm installed in a chimney or under a roof is a different story!

IF THIS HAPPENS near your home, you will not be able to do anything if you are not a professional. Trying to move them is dangerous. Best solution is to call a beekeeper. He will be happy to remove them, increase his livestock by avoiding these bees to be destroyed.
I found this swarm while looking for wild orchids in forest clearings. My attention was drawn by the buzz of several bees close to me.
PS: autocontrast, NeatImage: filtering global harsh contours and sharpening.

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Jean Micheal, Great post of this swarming action. I don't think I've seen anything like it on TN before. Very good supporting notes. Well done!!

what a cool shot.
bet you where buzzing to get that photo .well done!!

Nice post, you miss colors on this one, it would have been better to increase F stop between f/9 and F/11.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-12-13 7:27]

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ***
DOF: ****
POV: ***
Note: ***

Una gran captura por el oportunismo, con una complicada iluminación que sobrexpone algunas áreas de vegetación.

A great capture by the opportunism, with a complicated illumination that overexposed some vegetation areas.

Very interesting capture. You don't want to get to close though. :) Well done.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-12-13 14:28]

Waaaaay cool capture! WOW. I have never seen a photo of a swarm/gathering. Thanks you for a rare look at a wild bee swarm.

A difficult taske you put yourself on here Jean Michel but you did well. I would really like to see such swarm some day. Thanks for sharing this one.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-16 3:16]

Whatever you do, Tont shake that branch! I like this shot and the composition. Good note as well.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-03 16:37]

Jean Michel, this photo is amazing. At first, I didn't understand what was going on. But when I was able to spot the bees (my perception is not that good), the shot became really great.

Very nice composition to show us a great moment.

P.S.: I've included your photo on a theme, since there's a song by the band The Farm called "All together now".


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