I didn’t go out shooting today with any intent to photograph more bees. However, this, I could not pass up. While walking through an old orchard, I noticed a large something hanging from a tree. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be hundreds of bees. Perhaps a thousand or more? I probably got about 10 or 15 feet away to take this shot (and a few others). I was a bit nervous to get much closer. At first I thought this was a hive, but when I returned later in the day to get more shots, all of the bees were gone. In reading on this, it looks like the hive had split and this group was looking for a new home.
The close-up detail (while not super-sharp) gives a good perspective on just how crazy the cluster was.
This shot is a single-shot HDR to bring out the details in the cluster. This was taken around noon so the lighting was horrible.