First published photograph

One of my photographs has just been published for the first time!

Two bumble bees on rose

O.K., O.K., I know it was only 7 x 5 cm. (3 x 2 inches) and the print quality was dubious but the original isn’t exactly Nature Photographer of the Year quality either.

However, it was in Buzz Magazine which is produced as a newsletter for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust  I had replied in a Forum to another member who was wanting suggestions of what rose bushes to plant in her garden that might be suitable for bumblebees.  I have found that my climbing rose Madame Isaac Péreire attracts large numbers of bumblebees and some bees when it is in flower so I included a photograph with my reply with two bumblebees on a single rose.  The photograph was picked up by the editor and used in this issue of the Buzz newsletter.

I cannot think of anywhere I’d be happier to see one of my photographs.   They are a great organisation and provide news and information about bumblebees.

I had great fun photographing the bees on the rose last May, see the post Madame Isaac Péreire and remember you saw it first here on A French Garden!


38 thoughts on “First published photograph

      1. Hmm . . . I’m pretty good with tongue-in-cheek humor, British or otherwise, but I don’t particularly see much of it.

        The point is, your pictures got some exposure . . . and they did so because someone thought they merited being used. So . . . congratulations.


  1. I love Mme Isaac Perriere. It grew over the end of my verandah in Australia, and is thoroughly reliable. There is a lovely one growing on one of the cottages on the Chenonceau estate too.

    Congrats on having a photo published. Always very good for the ego when someone from a magazine or website you’ve heard of and use asks for a photo.


      1. I can’t say I noticed. My money would have been on the Mermaid rose around the corner as the biggest attractant though — it’s a big flat open single rose, also very reliable and one of my faves. Bumbles didn’t occur where I lived, although they have been introduced (not terribly successfully) much further south. Bumble bees are a cool climate creature and restricted to the northern hemisphere. We had honey bees and various native bees though. My principle interest in those days was lepidoptera and some wasps — it wasn’t until I got to the UK I started looking seriously at bees. I see from your post that I have been misspelling (and mispronouncing) Péreire for years :-0.


    1. Roses are not my favourite flowers as I don’t like the thorns. My husband likes them and he cares for them and prunes them. I must admit that this one has one me over with its lovely perfume and attraction for the bumblebees.


  2. I have just read your previous post on the rose. I think that entire post should be published. It has lovely photos and observations on bees and roses. Are you excited about taking photos of that rose and the bees with your new camera when May arrives?


    1. You have read my thoughts! I have been watching it put on its new shoots and just saw the first tiny bud yesterday. Much will depend on the weather but I will be interested to see if I can get improved shots with my new camera.


  3. Talking With Bees

    Great photo – I can smell the rose-scented success from here! I only have a cheap digital camera and I am looking for great beekeeping photos to use on my blog. I have already been sent some. If you want to get involved please read my request for beekeeping photos, which also links to the photos I have already been sent. Take care.


    1. I’d be happy to send you any photographs that might be useful but I do not keep honeybees. Any honeybee shots I take are only when I see them gathering pollen or nectar from the trees and flowers. I am very interested in honey bees but I have also a growing fascination for the solitary bees that have chosen to nest in my garden. I have put up a house to attract the Mason bees but the Mining bees and Bumblebees have arrived of their own accord. If I ever get a chance to photograph a friends hive I will let you know if I get anything interesting.


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