I came across this spread of cranberry bog beehives about a month ago. I was pretty excited about it, not only from the photographic perspective but it also had the "cool factor". The first day I saw the hives, it was overcast and gray but it didn't stop me shooting off about 25 shots from various angles. The pictures lacked pop. So I went back a few days later on a brighter day and took a few more. Still, blah. I decided it needed something in the way of lighting so I went again a week later and was more than thrilled to see the overheads on. I shot off about 100 shots. I know that sounds insane but, in my defense~ there's also a barn (off camera to the right), very pretty wildflowers in the foreground, the amazing show of light and mist from the sprinklers AND it was a gorgeous sunset. I was actually surprised it was only 100 shots. That shows such growth and diligence for me as a photographer! A year ago, in my excitement, I would have recklessly fired off about 300 shots.
The next time I saw the hives after this shot, the hives were all established and the bees were swarming - and I mean SWARMING!- around the hives. I took 30 or so shots and decided I need to come back again at sunset so I could get the "bee cloud" with the sunset sky behind it.
So last night, I did just that. Much to my chagrin, the apiary haulers were there having loaded up eighteen wheelers full of all their hives. The bees were still swarming but it's just not the same picture with the eighteen wheelers and the beekeepers (in full garb, head to toe) doing their thing. They were wrapping up the whole truckload (as one big package) of hives to haul back to Pennsylvania. I can't imagine being behind that truck at a red light!