Bee Watching

Pour yourself a glass of mead and take a seat. Please watch in HD full screen to make the most of the video, and enjoy the movement of bees in flight, followed by a brief excursion into the interior of the log itself.

In mid-September, while walking along a trail in Elk Island National Park, I came across a fallen log that housed a colony of honey bees. It was an exciting discovery, doubly so because it was, after all, a HIVE of bees and I had no protective equipment! I documented what I could with the equipment I had on hand: most of the footage was taken with a consumer-grade Panasonic video camera which achieved good footage in the daylight. However, the interior of the log was too dark, so that even with the light from my headlamp, the video turned out quite grainy. I returned to the location over a week later with better equipment, but it was too cold and too late to record any more of their flying activities.  I did send in a Sony Action cam for a closer look and managed some interior views with a long telephoto on my Canon 70D, but I had lost my opportunity for more interesting in-flight photographs. I don’t think the bees will survive this winter in a fallen log, even though the colony appears to have been in the log several years while it was upright, judging by the age of some of the combs inside. Someone with beekeeping experience may want to give their opinion on that after viewing the video.

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  1. Gary Anweiler 23 November, 2016 at 12:23 AM #

    Beautiful Adrian!!

  2. Andrea Jackson 23 November, 2016 at 4:48 PM #

    At the verge of tears here! Heartwarming! I love bees! You aced the “pummeling & editing”. You are truly a Honey Bee ninja! Thanks!

  3. Adrian 23 November, 2016 at 6:04 PM #

    Thanks, Gary and Andrea! It was a satisfying project, despite not getting all the shots I expected.

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