New Bumble for Me?

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I don’t recall ever having shot this bumble. I’m including two pics today because the close-up is so neat with the messy pollen. Shot this morning.

Two other notes: first, with the drought here, there aren’t nearly as many healthy, blooming flowers as normal. That really stinks. And is hard on the bees. Second, I realize I missed several days this week. The pics are done but are not posted yet. Will try to get that done tomorrow. Was away for two weeks at art festivals and it’s been rough. Also…expect to see some bumbles from Glacier National Park pretty soon.

Longhorn Coming Right at You

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This one tickled me. Love what I take to be the expression on this face (just a face – standard bee expression – but give me some license here). This is a great native longhorn with a fantastic look at the detail in her eye. These bees seem to love both the sunflowers and squash plants. And, if you didn’t know, squash is native to North America (cucumbers, melons, etc., too). So these little ones have been at it in this hemisphere for who knows how long. One of my favorite bees to shoot when they (and the sunflowers) show up.

Russian Sage Hat Trick?

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Third day of the Russian Sage. But a Golden Bumble this time. Face and tongue. The depth of focus in this one is fun. For those of you who haven’t spent much time with the camera (or those who use the auto settings on phone or camera), it’s possible to control how much of the shot is in focus. And if you’ve seen more than a few of the bees that I post, you’ll know that I really enjoy shooting with a shallow depth of focus – in this case, it’s really only her face and legs in focus. Imagine how this picture would be different (and much less interesting, in my opinion), if the entire flower were in focus – if even the stalks in the background were. It would be pretty messy and your eye wouldn’t be drawn to the subject nearly as much. Anyway, when you’re looking at (and taking) photographs, pay attention to the depth. It’s part of what makes the art of photography truly art.

Another Honeybee – In Flight – Again on the Russian Sage

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Such a reliable flower for the bees (once it starts blooming). And it will continue to bloom until the frosts are really solid. Good look at her wings in this one. And as I’ve mentioned, even though it looks like she’s flying toward the blossom (and this is what we all expect when we see a picture like this), she’s actually just disengaged and is flying backward – away from it. Amazing critters!