Opening of the “Bees and Flowers” photo exhibition at the Tryon Palace

“Bees and Blooms”, a new photography exhibition at the Tryon Palace, celebrates the art of nature, as well as the beauty and wonder of bees and their relationship with flowers.

The new exhibit opened Tuesday at the Cannon Gallery at the North Carolina History Center in New Bern and ends August 28.

Photographer and beekeeper Deana B. Marion’s collection features large images of bees and colorful flowers. Large gloss metal and wire mesh prints use high definition photographic imagery to enhance detail, depth of field and background lighting.

Marion started studying macro photography in 2002. Since 2010, she has specialized in detailed photography of bees on flowers, taken from just a few centimeters away.

The plight of pollinators, their value to the food supply and the causes of their population decline have captured national attention. Bee pollination is responsible for a third of the nation’s food and nearly $20 billion in value for agricultural crops each year, officials said. Having witnessed first-hand the alarming decline of the pollinator population, Marion understands the importance of these issues.

The North Carolina History Center at 529 S. Front St., New Bern is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit or call 252 639-3500.

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