Friday May 20 2022 is World Bee Day, and as such is a great opportunity to review the images we’ve captured of these important insects. Bee season is beginning soon in Southern Ontario and I’m looking forward to photographing these amazing little critters.
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Bees are under threat around the world from urbanization, climate change and the effects of some agricultural practices like the use of commercial pesticides.
We can help support local bee populations by eliminating our own pesticide use and by incorporating bee friendly flowering plants in our gardens.
There is a lot of good reference material on the internet to help identify local bee friendly plants. Getting active with local environmental groups can help protect habitat.
Bees need water in the heat of summer. Setting up a bee pond with water that has become murky with algae can be helpful. Add some rocks to help ensure the bees won’t drown.
It is also a great idea to buy honey from local producers. Some imported honey can contain antibiotics and contaminants like heavy metals.
Sometimes large commercial brands of honey blend cheap sugars and other sweeteners into their honey to lower their costs and increase profits. This can make it difficult for local honey producers to compete.
Educating our children and grandchildren about the importance of bees can go a long way to build future public support.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard approach in post. Crops are noted. Photographs were resized for web use. This is the 1,168 article published on this website since its original inception in 2015.
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