As the nights draw in and the days grow colder it is easy to get the feeling that our close-up photography might also go into hibernation until spring when butterflies appear with the spring flowers. It is a tendency I have to fight and fortunately there is a wonder-world of photogenic subjects around if you look at the simpler plants such as lichens, mosses and the smaller fungi. They don’t move, it would take a hurricane (or earthquake) to create any vibration and they offer you time to practice…

This past spring I officially launched Beautiful Bees: a multi-year project focusing on North America’s native bees. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience so far and I’m only getting started. One species that I hope to draw special attention to is the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis). This is an insect that has declined 87% in the last 15 years due, at least in part, to an introduced Eurasian pathogen. This species is the perfect poster-child for many of the continent’s threatened species. Project partner The Xerces…