Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

Photo101: Swarm (literally!)


I took the kids to visit a beekeeper last week, in Cebu. As usual, I was the most fascinated of all after only a couple of minutes. Had no idea of how highly organized the bees are:  several thousand worker bees cooperate in nest building, food collection, and brood rearing. Each member has a definite task to perform, related to its adult age. But surviving and reproducing take the combined efforts of the entire colony.

Did you know that individual bees (workers, drones, and queens) cannot survive without the support of the colony? food for thought .. who could actually really survive without the support of his/her family?

There is so much to learn and ponder about the orchestra of Mother Nature…  When I think I am complaining about the mess at home with only 2 kids and 1 husband, the Queen could teach me some about order and discipline…


17 comments on “Photo101: Swarm (literally!)

  1. scrapydo
    November 20, 2014

    Well, that’s a sweet swarm busy working their buds off!

    • estelea
      November 20, 2014

      Indeed 😉 What a life, seriously 😛 From a French point of view, it is torture !

      • scrapydo
        November 20, 2014

        I agree with you. Lucky for them that they don’t know better or human ways 😀

      • estelea
        November 20, 2014

        That’s probably why we are more evolved kind of species. We know the meaning of holidays and being French, how to be properly on strike 😉

  2. soumyav
    November 20, 2014

    real great

    • estelea
      November 20, 2014

      Thanks a lot 🙂 now I really understand the meaning of “busy like bees”!

      • Guilhem Ribart
        November 20, 2014

        Definitely!! 🙂

      • estelea
        November 20, 2014

        Guilhem, a question for you: would you have cropped it more, to give a stronger impression of “swarm”? still pondering…

      • Guilhem Ribart
        November 20, 2014

        I never crop my photos, so if you need to crop to zoom in, it means you were not close enough 😉
        But well, I understand you didn’t intend to get closer 🙂
        My fear is if you decide to crop, you’re going to loose much quality in the picture…
        May be you could try and share the cropped photo 🙂

  3. lifeofoneteen
    November 20, 2014

    This really sweet! It really gives some insight into how much work goes into making the world go round 🙂

    • estelea
      November 20, 2014

      Super impressive, isnt it ?

  4. andy
    November 20, 2014

    perfect swarming photo 😀

  5. AnnetteM
    November 20, 2014

    I would be interested to see what it looked like if you cropped it. It could be quite good if you just showed bees, but it would be a different picture. It would be a shame to lose the honeycomb structure which shows what the bees are actually doing.

    • estelea
      November 20, 2014

      You were perfectly right, it is a completely different picture. The honeycomb gives it a total different touch. Thank you so much for your comments! 🙂

  6. Cardinal Guzman
    November 20, 2014

    Hehe, great food for thought!
    Apropos, here’s more food for thought: all the bees work for the queen.

  7. estelea
    November 20, 2014

    @cardinal Guzman : … Which shows that when a woman rules the house, it works wonders : order And honey, what else ? 😉

  8. ady
    November 20, 2014

    Splendid pic ! And a nice story alongwith , brilliant post Estelea 🙂

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