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Old May 14, 2007, 8:45 PM   #1
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As I mentioned in my scrub jay post, I took the day off from work and set out to get some photos. As the primary lenses I took were the Kiron/Dine 105mm macro and the Tokina 100-300mm I joked that I was searching for the birds and the bees. But lets save the bees for last.

This cicada did not want to wait around, I think I got two shots of him before he took off for parts unknown.
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I found these dragon flies hanging around some wild flowers at the edge of a canal:


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I don't know if this is the same DF or not. There were several flying around so I just set up on one of the sticks they seemed to favor and waited for one to land.
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Old May 14, 2007, 8:52 PM   #4
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When I got out of my truck to photograph the dragon flies I noticed there were some bees buzzing aroundsome nearby orange trees. It struck me as odd, because we are well past orange blossom time. When I went to investigate I found two separate swarms constructing hives. I decided discrection was the better part of valor and switched back to the Tokina. I advanced up to about six feet from each swarm and kept having to back off whenever a few guards let me know I was in too close. The lighting was bad as they were up under the tree cover and I might have been shaking a little more than the SR system could handle.

It was cool and creepy at the same time. There were thousands of bees in these big ameoba like masses that writhed constantly. I have never seen anything like it.
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Old May 14, 2007, 8:55 PM   #5
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Second swarm. Thanks for looking,

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Awesome captures--I think I would have backed way, way off and used my 400mm lens (I'm not too fond of bees).
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Tim - you are braver than I would have been, getting that close. I saw something similar one Monday when we got to work and found a swarm had occupied a tree over the weekend. I had assumed that there was at least some form of hive under a similar sized group of bees, but when the bee-keeper came out, the whole thing turned out to be bees. He vacuumed them all up into a wooden hive box, thanked us for calling him, and left the tree with no sign that they had ever been there. It was unbelievable.
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Nice shots Tim.

The second is my favorite.

Have to love that Kiron lens.

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Awsome!!!! I am glad it was you around them there Bees and not me.

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Mtngal, bravery is not an issue anymore, now that the Africanized bees have arrived in California - it is just good sense to avoid them as they are much more aggressive than our native bees, and have been known to kill people. A man in Long Beach disturbed some while mowing his lawnlast year and died fromhundreds ofstings. I don't knowtheir statusin Florida right now, but I would advise Tim and anyone else anywhere to avoid swarms like the plague and leave them to the professionals.
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