Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

nature at work

Took a little stroll around the block, with my camera, because you never know.....plus a friend tipped me off.....
You won't believe what I saw!





We've all seen access lids like this on streets, footpaths, roundabouts, right?


Well, here's one in a roundabout.
It's a water meter box.


Let's get a little closer.
Can you see that the lid is off the box?



Here's an even closer look.
Can you see there's something inside the box?
Would you like to know what it is?


Bees.
Many, many, bees. Building honeycomb. Two strips, one down each side of the box.
Yes, I did get up close, bees don't scare me and I'm not allergic.
But I was slow, calm and careful, because there's so many bees and taking unnecessary risks is silly.
Getting this close is probably classed as a risk, but the bees seemed to be ignoring me and I was using the zoom lens.
I did try for a macro shot, but couldn't get close enough without bees flying around my face, so I backed off a bit.


This is the comb down one side, completely covered in bees.



Just look at them!! Nature at work. Beautiful.


Here's a more aerial shot, so you can see the lid is about a foot away.
See those two white lumps on that green lid thing?


Here, have another look. It's two broken pieces of comb that must have been attached to the lid and got dislodged by whoever opened it.


This is a clearer shot of the two combs inside the meter box.


In this next photo, you can see bees busily working on the small piece of comb still attached to the lid.



It is quite an amazing sight, and I stayed for quite a while snapping photo after photo, getting odd looks from passing motorists.
I'm wondering if I should forward these to the local council, the bees should probably be moved on. Exposed like that they're in danger from persons who might try to annoy or otherwise harm them, also they're a danger to anyone who might be allergic to stings and gets close enough when the bees might be less calm than they were today.
Yes, definitely send photos to the council, although they won't get them until Monday.








11 comments:

  1. wow that is an awesome find River!

    My uncle was a bee keeper so it wouldn't have worried me to get that upclose and personal either. Nothing like honeycomb fresh from the hive!

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  2. Great find. Whoever removed the lid, assuming it wasn't the bees, did not hang around to replace it.

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  3. Yeah, so great that the council will be able to quickly respond!! I'd love to see an unwary meter reader in action too!! Maybe whoever gets in first can harvest the honey??

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  4. Wow! It's interesting the talk of bee populations declining worldwide. We certainly tend to have plenty in our area. I guess Australia would probably be an exception given our population vs area compared to many countries. A very interesting find River. :)

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  5. Beet; I've tried honeycomb and the taste and feel of the waxy thing made me vomit. I didn't mind just dripping the honey into my mouth.

    Andrew; I'm guessing some kids investigated when they heard the bees and just took off scared when they saw how many.

    Red Nomad OZ; I've emailed the council and the local free newspaper too, hopefully the hive (swarm?)will get safely moved out of harm's way.

    Lightening; there hasn't been many around here lately. Until I had the borage in my yard I hadn't seen more than one or two per summer. Now I see them everyday. I hope I still get some bees after the hive is moved.

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  6. Bloody Hel River,

    Those are great photos. And how brave you are. I wouldn't want to be in the same town as that.

    :0)

    Cheers

    PM

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  7. What a beautiful sight, River. Please do report them to the council, I hope they are not disturbed or harmed. How awesome! I wonder if whoever took the lid off has done the right thing and contacted someone?

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  8. Plasman; there's not much that scares me and I couldn't pass up such a great blog photo opportunity. So close to home too.

    Being Me; I've emailed the local council, but they don't work on weekends, at least not that I know of. From Monday, the ball's in their court.
    I'll walk past later this evening and see if the bees are still okay.

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  9. Top photos, River. My Dad was a beekeeper so they've never scared me but the council should get a local beekeeper to come and remove them and put them in a box out in a paddock somewhere so that people don't get stung.

    Dad used to get called out quite often on hot summer nights - they'd be in people's chimneys, in gutters, trees and even an old car!

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  10. Wow! Just wow! This definitely is a beautiful and rare experience with nature

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  11. Kath; I emailed the council, so the ball's in their court now.I hope they get safely moved, preferably by a beekeeper.

    Adam I Zucker; welcome to drifting. Definitely something not usually seen.

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