Don’t worry its wasn’t my near death experience, but I was very, very close to losing one of my cameras! After I had walked miles down to the West end of the beach at Patea to take this photo
The tide was coming in, so I wandered back along the beach, not really thinking about anything until I nearly stood on a bumble bee. My first thought was, what the hell is a bumble bee doing at the beach? I took a closer look and realised it had come here to die. I felt a bit sad but thought it might make a melancholic photo, so I thought about getting my 7D and macro lens out but instead just took a few photos with my little Canon s100 point&shoot camera – in some ways I wish I had used my 7D as the plane of focus on macro with the s100 isn’t so controllable, but this was the photo I took:
I felt a bit sorry for the dieing bumble bee, its wings were occasionally flickering & it was obviously damaged & dehydrated.. I started to wonder if all bees travel to the ocean to skip off this mortal coil… Anyway I decided to shoot some video of this poor bee, so I set my s100 down on the sand & hit record… watch what happens:
At a guess I would say if I had been one second later it would have been all over!
Never turn your back to the ocean