Immersion

Kayla's photo inside the Igloo on Tuesday afternoon Read More...

In place

I stand in a bowl-shaped valley and the film curves around me. The concave granite walls amplify sound, and the covering of conifers, broad-leaved trees and scrub soak up reflections, so that the vibration of a bee’s wings on the far side of the clearing is heard as if in close-up. Read More...

Fireweed

Get up when the sun shines and head into the breaking cloud with the cameras to film timelapse and bee fly-bys. As we drive along the A386 to Dartmoor, massed plants light up the verge, blazing pink. Read More...

Golden bee

Up close and steamy today in the lab today, Martin’s gilded bee has a starring role on the miniature 360 degree stage of the scanning electron microscope. We ‘film’ our prize specimen from different positions, focusing on her lovely furry face: which, I notice, is heart-shaped. Read More...

Burrator

We take a different path through the wood and find a clearing among the trees that’s out of the wind. Perfect for filming and sound recording: the breeze from the north west is picking up and puffs of light cloud start blow across. Read More...

Bee-proof

We drive through heavy rain along the southern edge of Dartmoor, then clouds evaporate as we head down into South Hams and arrive at Martin’s house. Read More...

Flow

Yesterday lunchtime Tony and Ruth from next door brought round 3 tiny froglets they’d found in the gutter out the front: escapees from the Lidl bowl in our back garden. Back to sunshine again today, and in the sound studio with James, working on the audio design. Read More...

Lavender

On the edge of rural Plymouth there’s a ceramic plaque with a drawing of a bee that says: A beekeeper lives here. Read More...

Bow

I buy bee protection supplies for tomorrow’s filming date with Martin and his honeybees: yellow Marigold gloves (they have longer wrists) and long sox. Read More...

Lab time

Today we’re on laboratory time as we look at our bee samples on the big 6100 Scanning Electron Microscope. Inside: the roar and whoosh of the air con, chuntering of mechanical devices; outside: rain, rain, all day. Read More...

Bloomsday

Huge gusts wrestling branches, leaves ripped. Bumble bees hide out the storm in the thick of the bay tree. Read More...