This mass of bees had taken up residence on a shrub in front of our neighbor's house this evening. And this man, who knows what to do, came to take them away, hopefully to place in his own bee hive.
Once the man had removed the big mass of them many started to immediately "huddle" again on that bush, so he gathered them again and put them in a container in his truck.
I'm very grateful for my zoom lens. Look at his back!
I was maybe 25-30 feet away...plenty close enough.
It's amazing how they kept swarming.
I checked about a few minutes after he had left,
and found the bees still swarming at the base of the bush.
Just before I sat down at the computer here this evening,
I took this image again, and noticed the swarm is much smaller.
(Learning to use a zoom lens is more challenging than I thought it would be. I decided to share these with you even though the focus is not what I wanted it to be - because I wanted to tell you this story visually. I didn't use a tripod because, quite frankly, the bees were not happy and I did not want to stick around. I have also noticed that if I zoom to the full length of the lens I get this thing called chromatic aberration in my images...those magenta and greenish halos around parts of the image. The lens is a Tamron AF 70-300mm. Any tips on how to use it successfully will be greatly appreciated!)