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Photography

Macro Bee Portraits by Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

December 20, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Sam Droege is the head of the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program in Maryland, an organization that monitors the health and habitat of bees in the U.S. as well as creating archival reference catalogs that aid researchers in the identification of bee species in North America. The project is no small task as there are literally thousands of bee species in the U.S., some of which vary in only the most minute ways that may not even be distinguishable to the naked eye.

To aid in the identification process the USGS Bee Inventory relies on extremely high resolution photography, an initiative led by Droege that has been ongoing since 2010. Droege’s macro photos of bees are so clear and well executed that they practically pass as works of art in their own right. He shares with Flickr:

“When we started looking at these pictures, I just wanted to gaze at these shots for long periods of time,” Sam says. “I had seen these insects for many years, but the level of detail was incredible. The fact that everything was focused, the beauty and the arrangement of the insects themselves — the ratios of the eyes, the golden means, the french curves of the body, and the colors that would slide very naturally from one shade to another were just beautiful! It was the kind of thing that we could not achieve at the highest level of art.”

You can see many more of these bee portraits (as well as photos of other insects and even animals) over on Flickr. (via Daring Fireball, Flickr)

 

 



Design

Laura Zindel

February 4, 2011

Christopher Jobson

There’s nothing greater than when cool things appear in my inbox … hint, hint. Awesome bowls and plates by Laura Zindel, available at Blackbird. (thnx, jeff!)

 

 



Design Food

Bee Raw Honey

January 10, 2011

Christopher Jobson

In my day when you went to the grocery store there were only two types of honey: a big plastic bear with a yellow hat, or a small one. These days honey packaging and identity is undergoing a renaissance. From the minimalist, laboratory-inspired Ballard Bee Company to the very clever Sheffield Honey Company. But the beautiful honey flights shown above from Bee Raw in New York really take the cake for me. The packaging is almost as much art as it is function. Some of their stuff is currently out of stock, but the nine varietal and cheese flight are still available.

 

 



Photography

Urban Beekeeping in Vancouver

November 12, 2010

Christopher Jobson

One of my earliest memories in life is driving through the Texas hill country with my father to a bee supply store. I was maybe six and we’d spent the better part of a month constructing two beehives from scratch, painting them, nailing together frames, and wiring the wax sheets into place. On the way home it was my job to hold a small wooden box we’d just purchased that contained a queen bee and a few drones. At the store the man behind the counter said the queen could lay thousands of eggs in a day, a number I could hardly comprehend. So the entire hive, thousands of bees, gallons of honey, was all to come from this one tiny bee the size of a jelly bean. How awesome.

The photos above are taken by two guys in Vancouver who are keeping bees in the yard behind their home where it sounds like they may have been evicted. Curious if it was because of the bees? Many more photos on Behance.

 

 



Design Food

Ballard Bee Company

October 5, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Ballard Bee Company is an urban pollination company in Seattle, comprised of about 50 hives. Because Seattle limits the number of hives a resident can have their yard, Ballard contracts with dozens of individuals who volunteer to host hives in exchange for a couple bottles of glorious local honey each year. The end product is then sold to nearby restaurants and boutiques. A great interview with founder Corky Luster on Seattlest. (via mister crew)

 

 



Art

Tomáš Libertiny Works with Bees to Build a Honeycomb Sculpture

September 22, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The Unbearable Lightness by Slovakian-born Tomáš Libertiny is a large figure covered in honeycomb produced “naturally” by a swarm of 40,000 bees. This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in awhile. (via beautiful decay)