Was out at Roland's Melarium again today and got a couple of shots of the gatherers of the "show" hive he has. Happy that I got some drone portraits - you can really see the difference in their head and eye structure versus the worker bees.
Quick trip out there to a seminar being held in the "Melarium". Unfortunately the rain dampened any ideas I had of shooting bees. So here's a quick line up of Apis-Z products:
First set of pictures, taken in the "underbelly" of a hive that Roland Berger (www.apis-z.at) opened for me at his melarium. It takes some getting used to the bees flying out all around you, sitting on your head, buzzing by your ear, etc. Wasn't the best of conditions for pictures but I had good access to one of the chambers in the comb which houses a queen bee in the making (4th and 5th picture). Haven't shot macro in a while so I will need to practice again and will definitely set it up better next time, maybe with someone helping me to hold a reflector rather than using flash.
As part of striving to becoming a better global citizen, I am following up on what we can do to help the bees that live around us. This started off as a photo project about bees but has now turned into keeping my own bees and learning more about them!