"I believe with every fiber in my being that honoring and
The bee photos here, and on the links each photo takes you to, are good. I don't know about the best, but they were shot with a great love for bees and I think that comes through in the images.
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."
I spend a lot of time getting to know the characters I photograph. Whether I’m photographing bees or birds or small critters, I spend hours upon hours observing and clicking my camera. My theory is that the better I know my subjects, the better chance I have of capturing their essence; something deeper than what’s on the surface. It’s that something extra that comes across in great photos, which is beyond what words can explain.
I love trying to capture what people seldom notice, much less, see. And while color and lighting play important roles, in my opinion it’s that illusive talent (sometimes luck) of capturing the ‘soul of the scene’ that makes a photo truly special. I have much to learn; oodles and oodles to learn. Fortunately, it’s the journey behind the lens that’s so extraordinarily intoxicating, that makes learning an adventure all its own. Photography is a passion with endless rewards. The best compliment I can ever receive is when someone lets me know a photo has moved them or inspired them.
I have hundreds of bee photos that I like out of thousands upon thousands that I've taken. In 2012, I self-published a hard back, coffee table book filled with my color photos and containing a written account of my healing experiences with bees. The landing page of this website takes you to more bee photos.
The book, and my macro photography was/is a labor of love. I'm sure there are better technical shots of bees out there, but it's my hope that if you spend time browsing through my bee portfolio you'll come away with a different feeling about bees. I want you to experience their world in all its splendor. If I could take you on a photo shoot with me, I promise that you would leave our outing feeling less fearful around bees, (unless you're allergic to bee stings) and even leave having gained a sense of awe about them.
The sound of bee's buzz is actually music to me! It's a healing melody when I hear a swarm of bees or am near flowers covered by bees in search of nectar.
When viewers of my photos take time to write me to let me know how my images have moved them or how they made them feel, there's little else I appreciate more. Recently, someone wrote this, "I then spent a few hours on your site and I am still looking around. Your photography is stunningly beautiful. The vivid colors jump off the pages and the combination of playfulness, technical expertise (although I am not a photographer) and the delight by all the participants – both plants and animals – at the simple joy of being alive is deeply moving to me and made me smile. The tiny details of the insects with their cute little faces (I never thought I would be saying insects are “cute,” made me feel such love and compassion for the little creatures!"
Someone else wrote, "I really love your photography. The animal eyes are fab. It comes across in your work the love you have for our winged and furry creatures ..thank you for sharing."
Sharing my photos brings the whole experience full circle. I've written about my passion for photography before. It's an amazing experience to love how you spend your time. When I study life from behind my camera lens, I get transported into a new, and incredibly fascinating world. I start to see the blades of grass and leaves differently; more from the view of my main character, whomever that happens to be on a given day.
I'm an artist, writer, photographer, private investigator and an activist in small ways.
"Turning indifference into making a difference."
A labor of love website devoted to animal and human rights, and better living. A place to be inspired ...
My LADYBUG book is filled with beautiful images & inspiring quotes. Click here for more info.
I visited the Tiger Temple in Thailand & later found out it is under investigation for tiger trafficking and animal abuse. Read full story. In 2015 it was raided. More than 100 tigers and protected bird species in Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, popularly known as the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province were impounded by authorities following complaints that the temple was alleged to engage in illegal wildlife trading.
"The moment one gives close attention to anything,
even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious,
awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
~ Henry Miller
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare.
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