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bumble rescue

By CarolG  
Outdoor photography was a definite no-no for me yesterday, as it poured with rain all day, so I was lucky to spot a very forlorn bumble bee in my lounge, looking as though it were going to croak at any minute. I lifted it very carefully onto a sheet of paper, and gave it a good helping of honey. After only a few seconds the little bumble extended his proboscis and his little tongue licked away furiously at the honey. Meanwhile I was able to capture his feeding on camera. Once he had finished his meal he immediately rose into the air, did a quick round of the lounge and disappeared out of the verandah door, hopefully to find shelter from the rain.
Vís 1-3 show the blob of honey in front of him, and V.4 is an image if him before he took his medicine!

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Lighting Close-up and macro Bumble bee Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

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johnke 3 223 15
28 Jan 2013 6:22AM
Loved your story Carol. Raining here today, at last, i was beginning to frizzle up. Super story and super pic.

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Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
28 Jan 2013 6:32AM
And V3 is him doing yoga..Grin

A lovely and interesting series Carol. It is amazing how quickly they recover after a drop of the good stuff.

Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
28 Jan 2013 6:35AM
A great illustrated rescue story Carol !! I love the wave he gives you in V3 Smile Now your turn for a biology lesson from me Smile There is a big difference between monkeys and baboons Smile I have baboons on not monkeys SmileGrinGrinGrin
Tibetan 4 3 England
28 Jan 2013 6:57AM
I have heard of the bird man of Alcatraz Carol, but you have a whole new meaning lol. like it, regards Leon. BzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinWink
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 7:04AM
Well captured and very well rescued... You are Star! 4 very good images Carol.
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
28 Jan 2013 7:09AM
Version 3 made me laugh - a quick thank you wave!! Smile
User_Removed 4 4 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 7:32AM
Lovely story and do like the wave at v3 well done and all stunning close detail bob
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
28 Jan 2013 7:46AM
Four interesting shots Carol.

LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 7:59AM
Four excellent shots and a first lass rescue. I always carry a small (hotel size) pot of honey and a stirring stick in my jacket pocket to feed torpid bees caught by a wet or cold snap here. It gives them enough energy to get back to the hive.
28 Jan 2013 8:24AM
He looks like I feel like at the moment.
An excellent set.
28 Jan 2013 9:03AM
A great set of images, acompanied by a lovely story Carol. V3 is a great one. Looks like a star on the stageSmileSmile
7 10 10 England
28 Jan 2013 9:06AM
Lovely images Carol and your little critters are so lucky to have you around.Smile
28 Jan 2013 9:09AM
A lovely series of shots for this wildlife rescue Carol. A
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
28 Jan 2013 9:13AM
I always did like a story with a happy ending! Great tale, great images.

All the shots are great.....
28 Jan 2013 10:07AM
Fine rescue and supper provided 4 fine capyured excellent detail


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Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 10:29AM

Quote:Four excellent shots and a first lass rescue. I always carry a small (hotel size) pot of honey and a stirring stick in my jacket pocket to feed torpid bees caught by a wet or cold snap here. It gives them enough energy to get back to the hive.

Oh dear I'm feeling bad -most of us when seeing bees or wasps in our homes would be swiping it with a towel
to get it outside and here's you and Lynne feeding them honey.
I do know there is a decline in the number of bees and maybe we should be learning about saving them.
Great macros Carol - I guess we can learn from you.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
28 Jan 2013 10:30AM
Astonishing detail and clarity in these close ups Carol, I bet you got a real buzz when the bee flew off back into the wild
28 Jan 2013 10:59AM
Great set of images carol detail amazing
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 11:31AM
Great set and story, Carol.
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
28 Jan 2013 11:31AM
Beeeeeautiful Carol
28 Jan 2013 12:28PM
You are a heroine, the bees knees so to speak.

Great text and images. I expect you would have given it the kiss of life if necessary.
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
28 Jan 2013 12:32PM
V3 for me Carol, he thinks he is John Travolta.


28 Jan 2013 1:17PM
An excellent set Carol. Aren't you the clever one with your treat of honey.......Sandy
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
28 Jan 2013 1:17PM
I would think he thinks you are the bees knees, Carol GrinGrin

Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 1:55PM
Beautiful little creature! IB
28 Jan 2013 3:10PM
Lovely story with a happy ending Carol and super close ups of your little friend.

pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 3:38PM
Fabulous detail in this furry bundle, great set the detail supreme
debu 6 India
28 Jan 2013 4:15PM
Wonderful colourful detailed images.
28 Jan 2013 4:19PM
God bless U.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 4:30PM
Well done Carol
need him for the summer too
a great set
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
28 Jan 2013 4:31PM
Huh Carol there was me glorying in bright blue sky & sunshine . You would be amazed at the change ! High winds and pouring rain & sleet.

Your photos are delightful . Glad you had some Honey to give him strength . How Bees could fly in this dissasterous weather I don't know xxx
28 Jan 2013 4:54PM
Well captured and rescued
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
28 Jan 2013 4:59PM
It looks already much better in v2 and even more in v4!
well done both with the rescue and the photos
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
28 Jan 2013 5:26PM
V3 is the bee saluting you Carol Smile

Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
28 Jan 2013 5:34PM
a fine set Carol

tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 6:12PM
Evenin' Carol
Another one of your Samaritan rescuesWink

She does look out for the count in V4Smile

A tad of rain, but been blowin' a good 'un all day
+8C when I last checked, but the chill factor makes it feel like 0CSad

28 Jan 2013 6:18PM
V1 my favourite, Carol.

evelen 11 5 England
28 Jan 2013 6:41PM
great set of captures carol.
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 7:21PM
You're a saint! Just love V3 with the wave.
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
28 Jan 2013 7:26PM
Great work from you

Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 8:02PM
I need some of that honey Carol, great shots.
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
28 Jan 2013 8:26PM
Well done Carol - hope it survives.
JimV 10 6 3 Canada
29 Jan 2013 3:26AM
Fanrastic pics and write-up Carol, you're a heroine for doing that for him, more than I would! Smile
Rgds., Jim
saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
29 Jan 2013 11:59AM
Fantastic and great macro shots,very well done,
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
29 Jan 2013 12:40PM
AWWW. What a lovely story and captures to go with it, Carol! SmileSmileSmile

I love V3 where he's going, "Houston, we haaave lift-off".

Andrew GrinGrinGrin
29 Jan 2013 12:43PM
excellent shots carol Wink
LexEquine 10 19 United States
31 Jan 2013 10:46PM
'Super color, tones, & Details' ~ Peter

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