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A Little Too Close

I was out taking photos of my Rose of Sharon blooms during the summer and was surprised to see this bee coming towards my camera lens. I kept snapping photos as I slowly walked backwards. I survived and he went on to the next bloom. A close call. Amazing to watch these bees get totally immersed in the pollen. They are sometimes solid white as they get full of the pollen.

The Rose of Sharon bushes offer hundreds of blooms and nectar from spring through the end of summer. My three bushes are always covered with bees and butterflies. One of many favorite flowers as they all offer new photos and experiences. I am already looking for new spring flowers and bushes to plant and hopefully attract more butterflies.


Image Credit » Photo taken and owned by &Dustin4ever

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inkedwriter wrote on January 6, 2015, 3:51 PM

Great picture. I would have bolted at the first sign of that bad boy.

Dustin4ever wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:00 PM

Thanks. I saw many bees when I went out to the bush but did not realize they also saw me!

mrsmerlin wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:05 PM

Stunningly beautiful flowers and what a fantastic shot - you should have sold it to a bee keeper's magazine or something, it would be perfect for that. Well done

As for the bee and backing away, did you know that if you hold your breath they will fly away? Its something in our breath that they smell and it attracts them. I was told this by a specialist as I am allergic to their stings - bees that is not specialists

phoenixmaid wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:05 PM

Fantastic shot, I'm allergic to bees so would have ran a mile probably dropping the camera in the process.

Dustin4ever wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:07 PM

You are so kind! I am not a professional at all just enjoy taking photos in my yard. And I have never heard about holding your breath, I probably do this and don't even realize when they come towards me.

Dustin4ever wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:07 PM

Thanks, I knew they were there but had no idea he should come towards me.

seren3 wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:25 PM

That is good to know! I am not allergic but I get very nervous if a bee starts flying around me. And yes I've been stung!

Dustin4ever wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:29 PM

I have been stung years ago and was afraid of them but now I just try to respect their space.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:49 PM

That is an incredible shot. I'm not sure I would have hung around to get it.

Kasman wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:53 PM

I guess you'll have to 'bee' more careful in future!

RuthCox wrote on January 6, 2015, 6:42 PM

It definitely had to be strange and a bit scary to see that bee headed towards you through the eye of your camera! Great capture, though!

Dustin4ever wrote on January 6, 2015, 7:43 PM

Thanks, I got lucky as this shot was definitely not as planned.

Dustin4ever wrote on January 6, 2015, 7:43 PM

You are so right. He definitely got my attention.

Dustin4ever wrote on January 6, 2015, 7:43 PM

Yes it was Ruth. I did not see him until I got the camera focused and ready for the bloom and there he was!

LilyDay wrote on January 7, 2015, 4:26 PM

It is a beautiful capture. You and the bee are both lucky that she decided to continue on her way.

BarbRad wrote on January 7, 2015, 7:57 PM

I think I'd also find that bee a bit close for comfort. Good thing you moved back slowly.

zaib009 wrote on January 7, 2015, 10:20 PM

The type of rose you have mentioned is not common in our part of world , it is beautiful though