Honeybee in Flight – Destination: Muscari

Wish the detail in the wing were more pronounced, but a nice shot of a beautiful bee moving from flower to flower. Best year that I can remember for the Grape Hyacinth (Muscari). They hit their peak a couple of days ago (you can see them fading a little on the bottoms). One of my spring favorites. And they smell so good.

Mowed my neighbor’s lawn yesterday and I have to confess that I skipped a corner onto which the muscari had marched. Really fond of the little things.

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Tiny, Tiny, Tiny Native

I cannot tell you how small this bee is. It’s on an anemone, but even that doesn’t tell you much. So…have a look at this:

That’s a US dime. For those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s just a bit less than 18mm in diameter. The coin covers the yellow part of the blossom with room to spare. Sorry that the light on the two shots is different. I shot the second later in the day – same flower but in the shade.

But that doesn’t detract from the scale. That bee is so small. Probably as long as the ERTY on the dime. If that.

Anyway, cute, beautiful and all the rest. And tiny. Sometime this summer, I’ll put a dime to a monster bumble for comparison. Love them all…

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Anemones Remain

Just a great bee on a neat anemone. That white pollen is from the anemone itself. Really like the detail in the picture. This one’s straight out of the camera. When I shrunk it to post, I applied a little sharpening at first – but it looked absurd – especially on her face. Sometimes the camera itself just nails it. I especially like how the shape of the wings and the petals of the flower seem to play off of each other – almost an echo.

My favorite thing about this pic, though, is that it’s from today. Snowed yesterday here (among other things, weatherwise – Spring in the Rockies) and today was the first decent day in a while. For shooting bees, at least.

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Three-fer on a Sunflower

You’ve got the bumble in the middle, of course – the longhorn in the foreground – and who knows what that little thing is in the background behind the bumble. Not a rare thing at all. Well, maybe a little in that the longhorn seems to be okay with sharing…for now.

Now I’ll digress a little. Skip this if my otherwise commentary annoys you.

On a forum that I frequent, a person mentioned the other day that they were going to strap on their mask and go into the war zone (grocery store). I’ve reflected on that and have come to the conclusion that this virus and its lockdown have kind of separated us – even atomized us. Individual blobs at least six feet apart from one another – jealously guarding our own space. Looking askance and with suspicion at our neighbors and co-workers and co-humans. Even the masks (however necessary) are dehumanizing in their own way – I cannot see your smile.

And…just about every bit of correspondence that I receive ends with “stay safe”. I do understand. But I’d like to append stay safe with: Stay human.

We’re not at war with each other – nor are we enemies. At this time of atomization (my word), I think it’s especially important to retain our own humanity – recognize the humanity of others – and actively find appropriate ways to be the social creatures that we innately are.

I just re-read. And realized I wasn’t done. If there were ever a time to cut slack, be kind, and be slow to take offense, it’s now. People are scared. Scared people do stupid things sometimes. None of us can do much to change things on a global scale – but there’s lots we can do from the inside (within us) out (those in our orbits). You’re all sentient bee-lovers so you have a leg up (or six). Please amplify that from the inside out. That’s something we can do.

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Bonus – Ladybug on an Unknown Bud

According to the googles, ladybugs are indeed pollinators – as well as being otherwise very beneficial. The focus in this one isn’t stellar (apart from the brush on it), but I think it’s a neat shot. And it makes me smile.

Further, I know that when I’m discouraged, I generally do well to redouble my efforts. So – you get a bonus ladybug today!

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Filthy, Filthy Bumble on a Cone Flower

One of my very favorite shots from last fall. Taken in September. This bumble had just been on a Rose of Sharon in a neighbor’s yard and is a mess. But such a neat mess.

Very discouraged by the lack of traffic to the site. Think I’m going to need to stop looking at it and just keep doing. Does that metric matter?

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The Aster Returns

Seems like a perfect match to me.

Was thinking about the news today. When I was younger, it was 30 minutes twice a night (preceded or followed by M*A*S*H around here). Now it’s 24×7 on manifold outlets.

Made me wonder if 30 mins wasn’t enough. Or, better, the town crier model: He probably shut up when he was out of stuff to say.

I could have shut up after the first sentence 😉

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