Come Home with Me, Little Bee, It’s Warm There

Yesterday, the weather in Santa Fe finally felt cold. Down about freezing at sunrise with a bit of snow in town, cloudy all day with a high only at 40 degrees, which is about 30 degrees colder than the day before.

I went out with my macro lens to see what I could find, and I found this little fellow. He looked like he was huddled against a wall, hoping for some sun to warm himself. After viewing him through my macro lens, I really felt sorry for him. He wasn’t moving one little bit, which made using an f/20 on him to gain sharpness much easier, but still, I ended up wishing I could scoop him up and take him home where it was warm.Β Thanks for the photo, little guy. I hope you made it home safely.

The photo was taken with my 105mm macro lens at f/20.

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I just want to add, that if you want to see a photo of a more lively bee (and I love these photos), check out this post from last month.

Image Copyright Β© Katie Johnson. All Rights Reserved.

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~ by KatiesCameraBlog on October 28, 2011.

37 Responses to “Come Home with Me, Little Bee, It’s Warm There”

  1. A little fluffy cuddly teddy bear with wings.

    • I know, Marion, that’s the way I see the bees when I shoot them close up. This year was the first time I shot them with my macro like this, and I just loved the way they looked up close. And I was so impressed that they’d let me get that close with my lens too. So fluffy, cuddly teddy bear it is. πŸ™‚

  2. Great capture. I’m with you, I would have felt bad. I once shot some images of a bee trapped in a flower – after I took my pictures, I dumped her out – no national geographic jobs for me. πŸ˜‰

    I love the detail.

    • Ah, glad I wasn’t the only one to feel bad for this bee. I wish there were a way for me to help him, but you know, life isn’t like that. So glad you helped the bee in the flower! That’s one bee saved. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment.

  3. Brrrr …. and now I can’t help but think of the long-feature animation “Bee Movie”.

    Great macro!

  4. Aww, I am sure he’s safe and sound at home, telling his story about the girl with her camera πŸ˜€

  5. Such sweet and caring emotions. It’s good you know. πŸ™‚

    Great picture, as always. πŸ™‚

  6. wow, this is an amazing picture!

  7. Poor little fellow. I have a bit of a heart for bees and all insects. I just caught and freed a wasp that got in the house last night. I can’t bear to kill them. It probably helps that I’ve never been stung by a bee aside from a tiny honey bee a few years ago.

    Nice photo, and he looks like a friendly sort of bee. πŸ™‚

    • Ah, so nice that you freed that wasp! I have totally turned around with the bees this year. When I was a kid, I got stung a lot (my fault, bare feet πŸ™‚ ), so being unsure of them went forward (but never trying to hurt them). But this year with taking photos of them, and the bees being so gentle towards me, I have really fallen for these little guys. Glad you liked the photo!

  8. Oh I love this shot, love the title too! It’s been so cold here, daily highs in the low 50’s and mid 40’s with 4-6 inches of snow predicted for tomorrow, so the bees and insects are pretty much all gone for this year… Thanks for sharing this little guy. πŸ™‚

  9. Lovely!

  10. Nice macro

  11. This photo is wonderful and I’m sure he was only staying still for the picture. After all, he/she is quite photogenic! Great Post

  12. I do hope this little one survived the chilly temps. I would have found it very difficult to NOT scoop her up and get her warm, re-releasing her into the wild the next morning. Worrying about interfering with Mother Nature’s critters is a daily battle for me!

    Nice DOF here. The detail in those fragile wings is lovely!

    • I hope too! I read later that bees lose the ability to move below a certain temperature, so I should have scooped her up. But i was there with my dog and camera, and not close to home, so it would have been hard without something to hold her in. We were below freezing again this morning, so I’m not sure releasing her today would have done any good. I think it’s just Nature’s way. Love the way you feel about the little critters! πŸ™‚

  13. Great photo Katie, he looks so soft. Hopefully he got in before any more snow.

  14. Great detail in him. Great shot.

  15. Excellent detail in this shot! Cool weather certainly makes insect shots easier. Do you have dragonflies in Sant Fe? Cool mornings with some dew make great days to capture their details. Nice work here!

    • Thanks, Steve! I’ve seen some Dragonflies here in Santa Fe, but it’s generally too dry for them. And it’s been a long time since I’ve seen one. i love them though. πŸ™‚

  16. i know how you feel Katie, I often pick them up from the beach where they are perilously close to the incoming waves, I carry them back to the bushland, but I dont hold out much hope for them making it home … if they are near the house a little drop of honey can revive them …

    • Ah, I’m glad the bees have a savior like you! And thanks for the honey tip. If I see another one, I’ll try that. I wouldn’t want to take them far from where they are though, as they might not find there way back home. And with the weather turned cold like it has (heat’s been on for two days now), I think bee season is over. Thanks so much for your comment!

  17. my honey has a wasp that he calls his “watchwasp”. this wasp hangs out on his trailer storage door, on the inside, on top of it’s little grey wasp nest. Len says “everytime I open the door, the little wasp move his little antiae in alarm at the cold wind”. So he says he’ll let the poor thing stay there and be his ‘watchwasp’. I love this man of mine
    I hope your bee made it to it’s hive too
    peace n abundance,
    CheyAnne

    • Ah, Len sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing that. I don’t see wasps often down here. Bees are in my garden all the time in the summer and they let me water things with no problems. I love them! I too hope the bee made it home. He was tiny, and at first I thought he was a fly, so maybe he was a baby? Tomorrow I’ll be posting a New Mexico sunset, so you may want to come back and visit. πŸ™‚

  18. Wonderful detail! Great shot!

  19. What a cute fuzzy thing

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