The Church of St Laurence. Denmark

The church of St Laurence. Better known to Danes as “Tilsandede Kirke” or Sand buried church. The church has been in existence since the 13th century first recorded mention in 1387.
In 1795 the Danish King Christian VII gave permission for the church to be closed. It could not be protected from the enormous amounts of drifting sand.

The tower itself dates from the 15th century. However it was rebuilt in the 18th and 19th centuries. Following the demolition of the church the tower was left as a landmark for ships at sea and was whitewashed. The last burial in the church graveyard took place in 1810

Bees.

I’m always on the lookout for new things to photograph. I love people shots and black and white landscapes I will just add, that should read black and white landscapes by other people. I’ve never got the hang of it. I have a mate that gets me involved in all sorts from urban exploration (I’m always nervous about old buildings) to Car cemeteries. What I love most is taking people shots whether they are portraits or street like candids. It’s a varied lot my photo album. So to add to all this variation I can now add Bees to my list. That’s right this is going to be a Beelog post (Groan)

Ok the story behind these shots is that we have a family friend, a retired Doctor that keeps bees as a hobby. I had asked him the previous weekend if I could come along and take some shots of him at work with his hives. (I’d lease a 1100mm lens and take shots from a safe distance. Only joking:0). On Monday evening I got a big surprise and absolutely no time to think ,just grab my gear and make a Beeline (Another groan)for our friends house some 5mins by car. He had told me he had to catch a swarm in his garden so it would be great if I could come and take some shots. The word “SWARM” really got me thinking of those killer bee movies of the 70’s. Lets just say I got out of my car with more than a little skepticism.

I found Staale in his back garden looking up at a very tall tree. In the time it had taken for me to drive out to him the swarm had moved to a higher perch. Without a very tall ladder it would be impossible for us to reach. I was quite a sight to see all these bees swarming around us,one of nature’s wonders. The Bees were not at all interested in us at all they just wanted to get together. Staale told me the last swarm he had to deal with was over 8,5 kilos! That’s a lot of Bees.

Not being able to get hold of this swarm (Staale would wait until they moved again). Staale decided to show me his hives in the garden. He put on his gear and gave me a beekeepers hat to wear otherwise I was just normally dressed with long trousers and long armed T-shirt. What amazed me was the calmness of the whole process. Staale opened each hives in turn to show me the bees and their work. I forgot to keep my distance and soon forgot that these bees were not behind glass in a zoo or country fair. my flash didn’t bother the bees. Staale just said to keep out of the flight path to the hive openings so they don’t get angry. Instead of using smoke to quiet down the bees Staale used a fine mist of water from a pump can. Staale had told me that on the previous Friday he had to catch a swarm in the garden which had managed to escape only to have it escape once more from what he thought was a safe hive. Not having the time (We were leaving on a trip to Denmark) he left them and they found their own way back to the hive. So I got to meet “The Mad Queen” as he described her to me. She had however calmed down somewhat from their previous encounter and let us look at the work they had done during the weekend Staale and I were in Denmark.

I came away without a sting and wanting to take more shots. It was quite the experience ,breaking all my comfort zones. This will not be my last trip to Staale and his Bees, so stay tuned.
On closing I would just like to thank Staale for the chance to see him work with something he obviously loves so much.
PS.
I can see a Macro lens in my near future :0)

Martin Parr Moment

Martin Parr Moment by Davidap2009
Martin Parr Moment, a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

This shot reminds me a lot of Martin Parr and his work. I find using a wide angle to take shots of people is a lot of fun. You have to get in close and they think that you are shooting something else. Peoples perception of a camera is very 50 mm. In other words if you are not pointing directly at them it’s not me you are photographing.

Sandormen.

Sandormen. by Davidap2009
Sandormen., a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

I’ve been in Denmark or to be more precise Skagen Home of artist and painter PS krøyer.
The Sand worm, Denmark northern most point where two seas meet. You can hitch a ride on the Sand worm or walk along the beach. We hitched a ride.