Summer has arrived in Alaska and brought sunshine and vibrant colors perfect for capturing busy bees. Photographing these tiny, busy bugs as they collect pollen to bring back to their hives takes patience and the right shutter speed.

A little bit of smoke to keep the bees calm as the beekeeper reaches in to check on the honeycomb helps as well. The smoke stands out against the bright, sun-soaked day, lulling the bees into a different rhythm.

From the right angle, and with a shallow depth of field, some of the bees stand out from within a bustling cluster. When frozen by the camera, their movements become clear — order is found in the chaos.

As the beekeeper finishes his job, the bees continue their work. They stream in and out of their hives, determined and with a purpose.