Thursday Pics: Bee Edition

Mason bees emerging Mason bees emerging Mason bees emerging
Mason bees emerging Mason bees emerging Mason bees emerging

A few weeks ago I was working from home and went out to work on the back garden over my lunch. I managed to catch the mason bees emerging from their nests. Mason bees are a native pollinator that lays a single egg in a hole and then blocks it up with clay mud to protect the larvae as it matures. They will happily use a bee house like mine that’s just holes drilled into a block of wood. These bees generally emerge around the same time so I got a bunch of pictures of different bees chewing their way out. You can see the jaws of the bee in the lower left picture working on the hole. If you stood quietly next to the house, you could hear all kinds of chewing as they worked their way out.

These bees are great pollinators and the best sort to have for blueberries. They also won’t sting and don’t do any hole construction like carpenter bees do. They are also unfairly fuzzy and adorable.

Click through to Flickr to see 70+ images of the bees emerging.

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Cecil Baldwin on stage at the Welcome to Night Vale, Washington DC show

Cecil Baldwin and Meg Bashweiner on stage at the Welcome to Night Vale, Washington DC show

Pictures from the DC performance of The Librarian.

It is really frustrating when you camera doesn’t do what you want it to. I know mine’s not particularly fancy. I’ve got a Canon D10 primarily because it’s waterproof and shock-resistant. I wanted something that could live in my bag, go on hikes, and not be ruined when I inevitably drop it in the water. Unfortunately, it also limits how well it functions in difficult situations, like live theater. I turned the exposure down and I still ended up with the highlights blown out white in most of the pictures. But Caucasian humans under a spotlight in a dark theater is a more than you can expect from a point-n-shoot intended for shenanigans under full sun. I should probably be grateful it takes as good a pictures as it does of the aquarium fish. Again, not really something it’s intended for.

One day I’m gonna get me a camera that can cope with lower light situations. One day. And nice macro lenses. Those too. Because the world needs more pictures of the insides of bug eating plants right up close.

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