Have you ever seen a bee hive on the side of the road that was built with just one single branch as the main support to the bee colony? I am unsure of the longevity of this bee hive as it sways back and forth in the wind on this agile, weak branch and is continously tested for weight tolerance.
Yes, I’m crazy to be so close knowing the bees are active and this structurally weak branch is keeping bees from flocking towards human flesh to sting – just once (but by many participants). I can’t imagine this bee hive surviving the harsh winters of New England. The hive is just over 8 feet off the ground and about 4 feet off the road. I am certain the town of Greenfield will take the colony down with the first swipe of a snow blade (that is if the increasing weight of the bee colony doesn’t max out the branch’s tolerance level).
All this hard work will be short lived.
I took some time off from work this last week to photograph a wedding and to spend some quality time with my family. My brother and his family came up from Florida for a visit. I was able to squeeze in a few days with them to catch up on their lives.
It seems as I get older, the hours in the day go by much quicker than when I was pre-job and pre-drivers license days. You know, the days when you only had homework to do and your favorite Schwinn to get you where you wanted to go? My guess is as responsiblity and expectations keep piling up on an individual, there comes a time when there is not enough time in the day to achieve all that is given to oneself. When this happens, life flies by.
Mandy and Mathew are my great niece and nephew. I’m thankful we were able to spend some quality time together.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you are the pilot.” -Michael Althsuler
It’s been a great start to a new year. I’ve had plenty going on the last couple of months with creating new work, being grateful for what I have, enjoying every moment shared with Kevin, and welcoming the everyday challenges I may face.
With all the favorable distractions going on in my life, I managed to have a moment to grab my camera and be experimental. Being inspired by Adorama’s video on shooting water droplets, I was encouraged enough to drag out my camera equipment and find the necessary items to try something new at home.
What I used to capture the photos below:
1. I used a birthday card I received from Kevin as my subject.
2. Two boxes to hold a sheet of glass
3. One clean sheet of glass
4. Macro lens
5. Off camera flash
6. Spray bottle with an oil/water mixture
Below are a couple end results from my experimentation.
Ahhh. The last couple of days we have had above normal temperatures with no snow on the ground. Nice New England weather, minimal color to capture on camera, but a great day for a walk.
I was asked and encouraged by my friend Kevin to go for an afternoon walk with him and my camera. We took a stroll along the railroad tracks, over and under bridges, and rock hopped along the river’s path to capture some early winter scenes. It’s been awhile since I’ve had the opportunity to take the time to walk with a friend and be encouraged to press the shutter button. Thanks Kevin for putting extra smiles on my face and looking after me so I don’t fall into the river as I continued to take the “one more shot” before we head back home.