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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 4 223 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 9 109 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.

Andy
Hermanus 5 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 5 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
7 96 15 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 7:04AM
Well captured and very well rescued... You are Star! 4 very good images Carol.
KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
28 Jan 2013 7:09AM
Version 3 made me laugh - a quick thank you wave!! Smile
User_Removed 5 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 16 916 24 England
28 Jan 2013 7:46AM
Four interesting shots Carol.

Albert
LynneJoyce Plus
9 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.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
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
Effrossini
EMJAYCEE Plus
8 10 10 England
28 Jan 2013 9:06AM
Lovely images Carol and your little critters are so lucky to have you around.Smile
Joan.
28 Jan 2013 9:09AM
A lovely series of shots for this wildlife rescue Carol. A
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
28 Jan 2013 9:13AM
I always did like a story with a happy ending! Great tale, great images.

Ann
All the shots are great.....
digital_boi 11 3 6 Scotland
28 Jan 2013 10:07AM
Fine rescue and supper provided 4 fine capyured excellent detail

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

Happy New Week
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 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.
KateGrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 11 255 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
mike
TonyDy Plus
9 9 3 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 11:31AM
Great set and story, Carol.
Tony
danbrann 13 636 17
28 Jan 2013 11:31AM
Beeeeeautiful Carol
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
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 7 8 101 Wales
28 Jan 2013 12:32PM
V3 for me Carol, he thinks he is John Travolta.

Regards

Trev.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
28 Jan 2013 1:17PM
An excellent set Carol. Aren't you the clever one with your treat of honey.......Sandy
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
28 Jan 2013 1:17PM
I would think he thinks you are the bees knees, Carol GrinGrin

Dave
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 1:55PM
GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Beautiful little creature! IB
28 Jan 2013 3:10PM
Lovely story with a happy ending Carol and super close ups of your little friend.

Gary
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 3:38PM
Fabulous detail in this furry bundle, great set the detail supreme
debu 7 India
28 Jan 2013 4:15PM
Wonderful colourful detailed images.
debu
28 Jan 2013 4:19PM
God bless U.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 4:30PM
Well done Carol
need him for the summer too
a great set
Lillian
Mavis Plus
15 143 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
6 218 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 10 620 43 United States
28 Jan 2013 5:26PM
V3 is the bee saluting you Carol Smile

Anne
Stace Plus
9 2 2 England
28 Jan 2013 5:34PM
a fine set Carol

Stace
tomcat 12 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

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

P.
evelen 12 5 England
28 Jan 2013 6:41PM
great set of captures carol.
eve.Smile
pamelajean 11 1.0k 1969 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 7:21PM
You're a saint! Just love V3 with the wave.
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
28 Jan 2013 7:26PM
Great work from you

Peter
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 8:02PM
I need some of that honey Carol, great shots.
brian
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
28 Jan 2013 8:26PM
Well done Carol - hope it survives.
Brian.
JimV 11 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 8 3 Netherlands
29 Jan 2013 11:59AM
Fantastic and great macro shots,very well done,
saeid
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 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 11 19 United States
31 Jan 2013 10:46PM
'Super color, tones, & Details' ~ Peter

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