Buzzing bees and cherry trees

by Heike April. 18, 2020 670 views

After I moved in 2001 to mid of Germany, near Frankfurt, I noticed one day on the way to the office, that a region, that I saw every day in some distance, changed into a bright white area. I had no idea why and since I'm a curious person, I decided on my way home, to drive into the direction 'bright and white'. I ended in a little village with the name Ockstadt. Behind the houses on the slope of a hill, hundreds of white blooming cherry trees awaited me. (To be honest, at that time I thought they are apple trees, I'm not a botanist.) Since then, I visit this orchard meadow every few years in april and a few days ago, it was time for a visit again.

Cherry village Ockstadt

Cherry village Ockstadt

Busy bee

Busy bee

This bee preferred dandelions

This bee preferred dandelions

The rapeseed is also blooming now.

The rapeseed is also blooming now.

The farmers installed an insect hotel on the meadow, which was well visited.

The farmers installed an insect hotel on the meadow, which was well visited.

Meanwhile I know, Ockstädter cherries are well known far beyond the region's borders. All togehter there are 42.000 cherry trees in that place, which are shared by around 500 owners. Many of them make it as a part-time job or a hobby. The professionalization of sweet cherry cultivation in Ockstadt is closely linked to the American declaration of independence. With the independence of the United States from Great Britain, the supply of cotton had collapsed. An important industry in the region was lost, namely the processing of cotton - and new sources of income had to be opened up. So why not building a new so called "cherry-start- up". Cotton/Cherries...nearly no difference 😀. Hehehe, I'm kidding because for me it's somehow funny, how they came from cotton prossessing to the cultivation of cherries. But the success prove them right...

Heavy air traffic

Heavy air traffic

View from the hill

View from the hill

In summer, the ripe cherries are usually sold at local markets, or in little fruit stands on the street. I'm not such a gourmet that I would say they taste better than other cherries, but they taste good and I buy them to support our local farmers.

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Adrian Morris 1 week, 1 day ago

Very impressed with these pictures. I have just bought the same macro lens that you used to take at least some of these pictures. I will be very pleased if I take any pictures even nearly as good as these.

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Heike Replied to Adrian Morris 1 week, 1 day ago

Thank you very much Adrian! I love that lens and I don't use it only for macros - also for landscape etc. I really can recommend it ! I'm sure it will make you happy! smile

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Tsao T-F 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing. What a very wonderful place!

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Angela Bourke Schultz 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Beautiful!   I love flowers and visiting little towns.  I would not be brave enough to capture the pictures of the wasps!!

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Heike Replied to Angela Bourke Schultz 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Angela. Glad you liked it! I was surprised how lazy the wasps were. I really think they had so much to eat around that they were ready for a little nap. smile Sorry, if  I'm curious, but "Schultz" is a very German name. Do you have German ancetors?

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Angela Bourke Schultz Replied to Heike 3 months, 3 weeks ago

The Schultz name is my husbands and yes his mother and father have german ancestry.  I also have german ancestry as my great grandmother came from Badin Badin in the Black Forest.  My grandmother was born here and her mother lived with her in her old age.  My great grandmother only spoke german and my grandmother spoke both german and english.  I know very little of the german language.  My grandmother was such a kind, loving soul.

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Heike Replied to Angela Bourke Schultz 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for letting me know, Angela. Baden Baden is well known in Germany. In the early 19th Century it became a glamorous health resort/spa town. (Less because of the healing spa, but more because of the Casino. smile ) It's a beautiful little town with cobblestone streets and a lot old historical buildings with original facades. You would like it! ;-)

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Greg Blaney 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Such delicate flowers they are! I really like #4 - you've captured the blossoms beautifully. Did you use a white vignette? The bee in the photo is a real highlight as well. You are indeed a brave soul to get your camera and body so close to the wasps in photos 10, 11 & 12. But a dedicated photographer will sacrifice their body to get the shot!! Great set of photos, Heike.

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Heike Replied to Greg Blaney 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Greg! It was funny with #4. When I saw the photo on the screen, I liked it very much. But as you know, I can't stop editing my photos...So I started to make some settings in LR and uploaded the photo. When I looked at it in my pre-post, I noticed some light blue edges around the petals and that disturbed me so much that I removed the photo again. I checked the original one and there were no blue edges. So it came from my editing. I decided to just sharpen it a little bit and made no other settings. Also no vignette. I checked the photo before and after this one, they have the same aperture/shutter speed and Iso- They are also quite bright, but on the right side there is a but more light blue in the corner from the sky. I think, the  angle in #4 must have been a bit different than in the other both pics. What I learned is, that sometimes a photo is just perfect the way it is ... without any editing. smile The wasps were more interested in each other than in me, what really surprised me. They were not aggressive at all, I think they were full and lazy. smile

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Benny Law 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Great post with some really nice captures!

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Heike Replied to Benny Law 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Benny. glad you liked it! smile

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Guillermo Huerga Borrego 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Great spring series, great photos of wasps working on cherry trees. Thanks for sharing, take care and greetings.

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Heike Replied to Guillermo Huerga Borrego 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much Guillermo! The wasp were quite lazy, but the bees were mega busy. It was hard to get a sharp pic of them. bee

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Berckmans Peter 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Spring in action. Nice to see your photos again

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Heike Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Peter, this blooming landscape was really good for my soul.

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Carl L Linder 3 months, 3 weeks ago

You so captured a moment

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Heike Replied to Carl L Linder 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks a lot Carl!smile

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Don Baird 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Terrific photos. Love the bees.

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Heike Replied to Don Baird 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Don! The bees in the trees were so busy and not easy to catch...

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Lynn F Medley 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Very interesting,, beautiful series!

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Heike Replied to Lynn F Medley 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Lynn!

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Camellia Staab 3 months, 3 weeks ago

What a great post Heike, made me crave for summer. Your captures are just beautiful!

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Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I totally understand you. When I saw your photos with the snow that week I really felt pity with you. If this would happen here, I really would become aggressive. smile But no doubt  - it looked fantastic on your cherry pic!

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Antonio Gil 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Beauty that fill our soul with joy.

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Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes isn't it nice to see some colors again outside? The last winter was sooo gray here. I had the impression we had 5 month (nov-march) of grayness here. (I don't think you know that in Portugal...Lucky you!!!)   smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 3 months, 3 weeks ago

We are lucky indeed my friend. I love my country 😁

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Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I also love my country, but only from april-october. laughing

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