Bumble bees 2022 {Photography collection}

Hello wonderful friends, for this weeks post I’ve put together a little collection of bumble bee related photographs that I’ve taken this summer.

Bees have always been super special to me  – I try my hardest to take care of them and grow as many flowers as possible. They are so very clever and do so much good for our planet, that we really should be doing more to create spaces for them.

In a bid to do more for nature I decided to try and grow my own wildflower ‘meadow’ along the garden fence. I mixed all different seeds together and liberally sprinkled them into the trench – there were a lot of cornflowers (which are my favourite) that were multicoloured as well as nasturtiums, marigolds, californian poppies and various herbs like lavender, sage and rosemary.

As a lot of these plants are annuals I think I might try to strategically plant them next year as the corn flowers are so abundant that they’re cutting off the light to some of the smaller plants at the bottom.

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A trio of bees {Art}

Continuing with my fascination for Bees and other insects (but mainly bees), I thought I do a post of the current bee art that I’ve recently finished.

The bumble bee and honey bee are both drawn free hand and created using Arteza brush pens and Windsor Newton black ink and the embroidered bumblebee is sewn using a single strand of coloured floss at a time onto a natural (and excitingly eco friendly, recycled calico!)

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Watercolour Flowers {Art}

I know that these flowers are super simple and fairly child-like, but I’m actually really pleased with them! I was kind of going for simplified Wildflowers from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Again they’re made using Arteza brush pens…I think I might start doing some tutorials in 2022…maybe…

Bumblebees in black and white

This week I thought I’d share some photo editing that I’ve been trying out. We’re approaching autumn and I wondered what such bright and vibrant summer pictures would be like if the were black and white.

They’re beautiful in colour of course, being so bright and vibrant but in black and white it really highlights the shape of the actual bee against the flower and hides any imperfections in the petals.

I particularly love the picture on the right and the way the wing details of the bee are really highlighted. It makes me want to go ‘AHH SO PRETTY.’ I totally love how a half decent camera and bright sunny daylight with a little editing can make any picture interesting and lovely.

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Bumblebees 2021 {Photography collection}

Hello wonderful friends, I’ve put together a little collection of bee related pictures that I’ve taken this year. Due to Covid-19 I spent a lot more time in the garden and tried to encourage as much nature as I could. Bees have always been really special to me they are such clever little creatures and I try my hardest to take care of them and grow as many flowers as possible.

Enjoy some warm and happy summer colours and plenty of bees…

I decided to grow sunflowers because they’re one of my favourites and yellow is the colour I love most. it really didn’t take much for the bees to arrive.

The bees themselves were incredibly camera friendly and by the end of the summer I was able to get super close to them, at one point I was sitting amongst the veggies I was growing with a bee on the top of my head – it didn’t sting me just sat there for a few minutes and then flew away.

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