Whispering Bee’s

Last year we were at a honey bazaar and we met this old man explaining us about the dying bees. This will be a disaster for all living forms on earth.

No flowers,  no fruits etc…..Why are they vanishing? Due to pesticide, may be also due to a lot of human influence/interference on nature?

For more information you may start from this link.

Credits the two first images to my wife Ambarum Sari.

Leiden 2009

Photographer: Ambarum Sari

Leiden 2009

Photographer: Ambarum Sari

Leiden 2009

Photographer: Jos Runarka


68 Responses to “Whispering Bee’s”

  1. Win Soegondo Says:

    I really like the eyes of the old man when he explain something to the boy (first picture)…meaning somethin’…great capture bro..:)

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Thanks Erwin, the first image was made by my wife Sari. This old man explained us his knowledge with passion….

  2. Ambarum Sari Says:

    Thank Erwin,

    for visiting and commenting on my image 🙂


  3. Win Soegondo Says:

    Oh really sorry… good capture Sari…:)

  4. Erwin Flohr Says:

    The subject matters as an actual subject what plays in our ‘changing environmental world’ as in a so called ‘global-warming (up)’ whereas plants and animals, including insects, functions as a ‘warning beacon’
    to tell us what is going to happen in the (nearby) future with our world
    and what it means to the human being in order to survive it or not…

    The created photo’s for that matter are well made – the colored one shot by Ambarum, i find really good! One can see the woman loooking to the honey-window, whereas mirroring in the glass – one sees the man as a shadow – the funny thing is, that the woman also doesn’t look at the honey-window but looking througout the window onto the man. Great capture with a meaning.

    • Ambarum Sari Says:

      Many thanks Erwin Flohr. Yes, we have to rethink and change our behavior. Those are images that my husband also really likes….

  5. Jenn Says:

    wow, mba ambar it is so natural 🙂

  6. Ratu Says:

    well, i like the second picture when a woman look at the bee…
    the mix of the colour is beautiful i think….and the shadow there 🙂

  7. Rizki Beo Says:

    I like the reflection of the 2nd picture…
    And the 3rd picture, its nice captured….so natural….

  8. Costalunga Luigi Anselmo Says:

    three years ago we had the same problem. We discovered that the cause is a pesticide. The pesticide was banned and removed from the market. But now the bees have died more than 50%. Honey production has fallen over 60%. Acacia honey is almost gone. Now in two years is almost all returned to normal. I think that any pesticide should be tested before being put on the market. At this, should think the Minister of Health. But certainly at that moment was thinking maybe some “trans!”

  9. Pratiwi Setyaningrum Says:

    luv the old man’ passion. look at his eyes, he is the star in these pictures.
    And I think he’s got the point. when there’s no more bees in the world.. hell

    • Ambarum Sari Says:

      thanks Pratiwi for commenting on my images. Yes, we have to spread this information to avoid this danger….

  10. Jonathan Arifin Says:

    Nice BW pictures….I like the old man.

  11. yossy Says:

    I always luv black and white for the photograph. very expressive, old and magical he he. Madame sari, you’re the best photographer. I luv your image, and so the story in this pic. SALUTE ! Thanks, for your sharing.

  12. jef Says:

    i like this picture, very amazing.. I like the old man and bee..

  13. nunung Says:

    I like all of those picture especially “the old man passion, so deep as though want to tell us something, those capture is conversed….
    yes I think those bee must be protected againts pesticide

  14. don matteo Says:

    I like the old man, he wanted to explain something important for the boy. I don’t know what he said but I’m sure it’s very very important… Sari, you took a precious moment…

    • Ambarum Sari Says:

      Don, Manythx for your support and visit on our Blog. The Bees farmer said about the dying bees so that there is no crop fertilization

  15. ronald agusta Says:

    I like images that tells of life. especially if you have very important information like this might be increasing knowledge or changing audience behavior. This is a good photo essay.

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Thanks Ronald for your input on our essay. Yes I think a story telling picture would be today more interesting, but we have to be selective not to overflow the audience with every information. Information are nowadays accessible from the internet….

    • Ambarum Sari Says:

      Many thanks mas Ronald for your visit and support.

  16. r. Kris Says:

    lumayan naturalism

  17. Rita Oliveira Says:

    Ambarum, great photos!
    I live in a place where honey is a traditional product, but last year a producer I know lost his bees also. It´s sad.

    • Ambarum Sari Says:

      Yes Rita , a more than a 30% decrease in the honey bee population in the last several years, but until right now bee deaths is still a mystery. Manythx for visit and support..

  18. Johan T Says:

    He2… I was admired to some macro pictures, and I’d like to have it. So I bought a macro lens when I had the chance. After a week I bought the lens, then I just realised, that there are very few insects around my yards. There are some butterflies, only 2-3 bees, 1 grasshooper, no beetles. Ohh my.. oh my.., I don’t have any objects for my new lens. Ha2…


    • Jos Runarka Says:

      :-)) than you have to go the Sulawesi or Irian Jaya, THERE you will find nature…

      Thanks for visiting our blog!

  19. Eiko Keerthi Says:

    The blog, Whispering Bee’s is a very interesting photo story.
    Stunning images that Sari has taken within current lost of bees telling us a fact that we are seriously facing to worse of fears in our everyday life.

    This issue is a really serious problem in Japan as well. But then, we have no absolute solution for the present (This is what researcher says through the media).

    I’d happy to follow what I can do to helping with this. Thanks for sharing your strong images and an incredible story.

    Best regards from Tokyo,

    • Ambarum Sari Says:

      I felt honored Eiko for sharing story bee’s in your country. Yes , you are right, there is a real problem in our nature .

      I remembered about a movie film ” The Happening” . The Bee disappeared. The plants got angry and they started to control the minds of humans..etc.

      Thank you so much

  20. francois Says:

    Actually, last year, I went to a conference about bees and an exposition about their disappearence.

    The pictures are marvellous :).

    • Ambarum Sari Says:

      Aha, very interesting Francois…you are lucky…

      Albert Einstein said if the honey bees were suddenly gone mankind would have about 4 years left to live

      Btw : Manythx for visiting …

  21. andut Says:

    jos and ambar,

    that’s one of the tool that photographers have…by showing the pictures to others..so people become aware on what things they missed on daily life..
    on one photographic seminar I attended…one asked to the speaker….what the photographers do if the see some accident..for example airplane crashed.. do they need to rescue the passengers first..or take the pictures..
    the answer was made me bit surprised that we had to take the pics…then help to rescue..
    the reason is that by capturing on the things like that…very often give a big help to investigate the crash…and that is priceless..
    so you both do a good job…on bringing people attention on bees dying caused of the pesticide…

    for me this is also new information..since I never heard about that before…and sure I can’t imagine how the world is going to be like without any fruits, flowers..which can happen by help of mr bees…

    also I agree that that begin from ourselves we have to care on such environmental things..start from the small things..like..use organic fertilizer instead of pesticide..use less plastics bag..and change into recycle papers…

    good luck…

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Hi Andy,

      thanks for a extended comment you deliver us! At least what we are now trying beside making good looking pictures are stories that concern us and might be interesting for other as well. Taking pictures on situations you describe depend on the condition that moment. If we can save a life, but keep photographing, its not right I think. If others are there and can help, than taking pictures could be considered. We heard about the dying bees on a German channel and after months met this old guy explaining the same. So we took some images to show how concerned an old man keeping preaching others about this danger. What we can do if to start with what we can do for our environment. Not big slogan but action from our self. Throw waste into the proper waste bin for example.

      good luck to you too!

  22. Sandra Cailliau Says:

    Sari, your pictures are sensitive and talk about the importance of life and nature…The survival of bees IS our survival…A shame we don’t talk enough about it and leave it on the side…
    That’s why your work is important…Thank you.
    Regards. Sandra.

    • Ambarum Sari Says:

      correct Sandra, nice comment..

      We both feel happy to share with friends about this. Who’s helping save our bees?

      We often don’t care about the nature around us

      Thank you so much for visiting and support .

  23. purwoardoko Says:

    well expressed and informed,
    the pictures tell us about the value of the nature that becomes a prvocative narration not as well as an action.
    good job mbak sari and pak jos
    keep snaping….

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Many thanks for your visit and for your comments on my blog. Yes, we will keep snapping and keep you update with our newest story and images as well….Greetings from both of us!

  24. Kiloran Cavendish Says:

    Good pictures. It would be awful if we lose them as bees are essential to keep the food chain going.

  25. Lianny Hendranata Says:

    saya selalu suka hasil jepretanmu Sari, kuat sekali image yg ditampilkan, dan pilihan warna hitam putih yg kontras sangat mendukung hasil foto jadi kuat karakternya.


    • Ambarum Sari Says:

      Terima kasih banyak mbak Lianny, sudah meluangkan waktu untuk mengunjungi kami berdua. Saya juga fans tulisan karya mbak Lianny.. 🙂

  26. Kiki Says:

    Sari thanks…saya sukaaa deh dengan jepretan foto yg mengangkat masalah lingkungan+sosial…Itulah pestisida bahayanya…tapi saat ini di negara mana yg tidak menggunakan pestisida…kecuali di wilayah yg masih virgin….seperti pedalaman hutan kita di indonesia..yang saat ini juga sudah semakin berkurang… Terus memotret ya untuk mengingatkan ‘kita’ semua….Salam

    • Ambarum Sari Says:

      Terima kasih Ki sudah memberikan pandangan tentang situasi seperti ini di negara Indonesia. Juga terima kasih atas kunjungan dan komentarnya.

  27. liana Says:

    Wow I really really like this, black & white picture, so natural, expressive, sar , you are best photografer right now , and thanks a lot for your sharing.

  28. Januartha Says:

    That old man totally right about pesticide. But it will took years to change our farmers mind. Glad to know that some of them already started back to nature.

    Anyway great thema thanks for keep remminding this issue. Good capture especially 1st picture

    • Ambarum Sari Says:


      Both of us are glad to share this series. We have to change our life style Yup.. back to nature! Many thanks to visiting…

  29. joel Says:

    Mantab BW ama momentnya m’ ambar…. tp sayang cuman ada 3 poto… he…he… lanjuuuttt.

    • Ambarum Sari Says:

      Joel Yulianto,

      terima kasih sudah mampir. Silahkan liat halaman lain dengan foto-foto Black&White-nya…Salam dari kami berdua.


  30. paul rambi Says:

    Sar,all its good, why ? first,the old man talking with the young people( point its old man and young people) and second,when a woman look at the bee (point its some body/women interest) but if both of picture with black white…maybe..bla..bla…

    • Ambarum Sari Says:

      Mr. Paul Rambi,

      Basically , you like the black and white, looks more classical. Thank you for your input and to visiting this Blog Photo.

  31. Hartati Nurwijaya Says:

    I l ike the one a man smoking and next to him a beautiful girl.
    Great Ambar can compete her husband: I like her fotos:) Bravo!

  32. seno adam ones Says:

    Sar….wow amazing, I like the black and white image….. good pictures….you’re the best

  33. Liv Says:

    I like the way you show the energy in the face of the old man!

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