Vertical Hunt’s Bumble

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Posting a few days in advance. Heading out to Fountain Hills, AZ for the art festival there.

A Hunt’s bumble perched at the top of a liatris bud/stalk. That bedhead bee. Interesting that this one throws white pollen. And lots of it. A favorite of the pollinators…and one you should plant if you have the space.

Interesting Depth on a Pretty Wrecked Cone Flower

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Posting a few days in advance. Heading out to Fountain Hills, AZ for the art festival there.

This pic tickles me some. The flower is a mess, but it is still opening up in the middle and throwing pollen. So…if you have these, don’t deadhead them until the bees are done with them. Really an odd thing because they keep providing pollen long after the petals have started to look nasty. You know there’s a lesson in that…

Neat Profile on a Sunflower

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Posting a few days in advance. Heading out to Fountain Hills, AZ for the art festival there.

Great pollen on a September sunflower. Color of the yellow seems a little wonky to me, but I’m admittedly a little colorblind. The sunflowers are volunteering all over the place. Some getting culled, some getting left. They tend to wander well. And they self-hybridize, too. So it’s interesting to see the new blossoms. Especially when they keep some of that recessive red.

Bonus – A Very, Very Inadvertent Pollinator

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This is a bee site, I know. But from time to time I’ll bonus (that’s a verb today) with other pollinators – many of which are called “inadvertent pollinators”. I suspect as they wander the desert (and they do wander) these mustangs drag pollen here and there and all over the place. If they don’t, let’s all agree to pretend they do and enjoy this shot of a newborn foal. He’s a handsome critter! From a couple of weeks ago out in the west desert.

Parenthetically, I think I’m going to become an inadvertent pollinator myself. At the art festival in St. George last weekend, I was set up with my pop-up tent under a tree that was throwing pollen like mad. Had to blow off my pictures and prints several times throughout the weekend…and the top of my tent was a light green on Saturday night instead of its normal white (kinda gray now, I guess). I blew off as much as I could, but I’m guessing that this upcoming weekend in Arizona, I’ll be spreading Utah pollen all over the place. But thankfully I’ve got the good sense not to post a pic of that particular pollen dragger;). Enjoy!

A Bit Late – in the Hyacinths

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Here’s a pretty girl buzzing about in the hyacinths. Think this might be only my second shot on those. As pretty as they are, either the bees aren’t that fond of them or my timing has been abysmal.

Speaking of that, got out today about 3pm and couldn’t find bees. Strange. There were a few on an ornamental cherry in the backyard, but I’m not confident that I got even one reasonable shot. Wondering if there are fruit trees blooming elsewhere drawing the bees. Warm enough. Anyway, hyacinth from yesterday. She’s cute!

Metallic Green Sweat Bee Face

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An an aster. Usually the backgrounds aren’t so severe…even sere-looking. Strange. Don’t remember what that is. House, maybe, but wrong color. Anyway…enjoy!

Posting early in advance of attending the Arts Festival in St. George, Utah. It’s on Friday and Saturday of this week. Really hope to see and meet some of you there! I’ve got a bunch of neat stuff including the bees that you’re familiar with as well as some wild mustangs, wildlife from a trip to Yellowstone, and a bunch of remarkable birds that I photographed this winter. Stop by if you can.

Quick Hit – In the Neighbor’s Crocuses

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No time to say much. I’m about three hours behind and need to get on the road. This is from my neighbor Jackie’s garden. She just celebrated her 90th a few days ago and is a great friend. I value her.

Posting today in advance of attending the Arts Festival in St. George, Utah. It’s on Friday and Saturday of this week. Really hope to see and meet some of you there! I’ve got a bunch of neat stuff including the bees that you’re familiar with as well as some wild mustangs, wildlife from a trip to Yellowstone, and a bunch of remarkable birds that I photographed this winter. Stop by if you can.