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Bee Hardcover – April 28, 2010

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"Many of us have encountered electron microscope images before whether in high school science textbooks, or on the Discovery Channel, but very rarely is it an artist who is sitting behind the lens. It's the beauty of the images in Fisher's book, and not just the amazing reality that they show us, that makes Bee special." -- Deborah Netburn --Los Angeles Times Blog, April 26, 2010

"The bee is ready for its close-up. Remarkable." --Discover Magazine

"Rose-Lynn Fishers photographs of bees made using a scanning electron microscope reveal the art in the anatomy of one of natures most important creatures." -- Conor Risch --Photo District News

About the Author

Rose-Lynn Fisher is an artist working in photography and mixed-media. She has a bachelor of fine arts from Otis College of Art and Design.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; First Edition edition (April 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156898944X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568989440
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda O'Toole on May 3, 2010
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Bees have been much in the news in the last few years-- the africanization of honey bees; the widespread collapse of hives, and so forth. This set of extraordinary photographs reminds of the bee as itself, not in relation to humanity, but in relation to the sheer, unimaginable beauty of life in all its forms. Beautiful, inspiring, and thought provoking.
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I gave this book as a gift to several friends and kept one for myself. Gift recipients were mesmerized by the intricate photos and compelling close-up views of the bees. A wonderful gift for any nature lover, bee keeper,gardener or scientific photographer.Each recipient was inspired by the photos to speak of his/her fascination with bees. A unique gift, each image lovingly photographed by Ms. Fisher. A relevant, timely topic about the natural world (threats to the bee population). A bee is not just a buzzing insect to be swatted away, its body is an extraordinary feat of natural engineering and beauty.
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By Adam on December 18, 2010
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Really spectacular photos. Beautiful and informative. Electron micrographs of close up honey bee parts. Great option for for science lovers and art enthusiasts.
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I will write the dissenting opinion! :)

First, the book isn't a book of "photographs." It's a book of images from an electron microscope. The images are very crisp and very high resolution, but colorless and bland. Whereas a photograph might make a bee "come alive" on the pages, these images make the bee seem cold and abstract, like an object rather than the complex pheromone machine it is. The images are also not particularly magnified, many being just 40x or a couple hundred. Frankly it takes much more skill to properly light and capture microscope images at these powers. I think the highest magnification was 2000x, and the are only a few at those power.

It gets worse though. The book is not arranged to tell a story, or illustrate anything, not even skill with an electron microscope. The images often do not clearly show the part the text describes (it's in darkness for example). The sections are just jumbles of bee parts. The text does absolutely nothing to explain the intricate images that appear. The book appears to be someone messing with a microscope and simply selected the best quality images for publication, only because they were the best shots they captured.

Worse still, the book is clearly put together by someone who knows little or nothing about beekeeping and honey bees, I suspect one of the "save the bee" sheeple who got a bee hive in their yard as soon as they learned it was the cool thing for hipster enviros to do. This is not a claim I make to malign the work. I offer this WRONG statement quoted directly:

"...including the small percentage of workers who retain the ability to lay eggs - a necessary backup in case the queen begins to fail in her duties." (p.
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I love my honeybees, and this book really demonstrates the intricate parts that make them so capable of doing their jobs efficiently and with beauty. Each part is sectioned by an overall shot, then closer and closer as the magnification gets higher and more detailed on specific parts, from the antennae joints to the hamuli on the wings. It is a fascinating book, and I would recommend it to anyone with a bee fascination or appreciation of good photography!
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I absolutely love the photos. They are detailed and beautiful. I thought that there would be more information and verbal description of bees but that was very minimal. I would classify this as more of a picture/coffee table book. I do like it though. If you want to know what a bee looks like up close, this is your book.
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By j a haverstick on November 5, 2011
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The scanning electron microscope is a great tool. The subject is dear to my heart. Never has the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" seemed so apt. Great gift for any beekeeper or natural history buff even if they've already got a library of insect/bee books. And only twenty bucks. Get to know your pets!
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"Bee" is a must have for all of us with curiosity, particularly in biology. The pictures are amazing.

One wish is that there were drawings with labels and/or second photo's with labels. Maybe eight drawings of the whole and parts of the bee with pointers would help make the reader more comfortable with the marvelous photography.

A triumph!
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