At it on the Blanket Flower

Ah, the missing narrative… Yet I don’t have a whole lot to say. I really love the colors of this flower, though. And looks like the bee is just starting to fill her pollen bucket. By the way, that’s one way you can tell the difference between bees and wasps – the bees, on their rear-most legs, have a whole bunch of tiny hairs to which they affix the pollen that they collect. Wasps don’t. So if in doubt, that’s one way to tell the difference.

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Bombus huntii on a Caryopteris – or Bluebeard

Well, I didn’t know until today that the common name of this plant is Bluebeard. Much easier to remember than Caryopteris.

Great plant for late summer pollinators. Always seems to be teeming with life – and bees. It’s a tough one to shoot because of the way it grows. Seems a little Dr. Seuss-ian. Notice how, in this picture, at least, there’s a huge explosion of flowers and buds at the top of the stalk. There are others underneath it – and they tend to throw shadows all over themselves – the tops working like parasols.

Anyway – this is a neat shot and posture of the Bombus huntii. Beadhead bee. Look at the detail in the wing – and the pollen on the back. Printed this one on metallic paper and it’s a winner.

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Gorgeous on the Blanket Flower

Love these colors. And the detail on her today. Absolutely have to figure out how to get these things to pop out. Guess I have to have a add-on or widget for WordPress. I’m shorting you with detail in these shots.

If you’re in the Denver area, I’ll be in Skyline Park on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of this week with my art – bees and other things. It’s worth having a look at these new acrylic pieces in person. I’ve got all sizes (4″, 6″, 8″, and 10″) – and have the 4″ as magnets on a whiteboard – so you can play with arrangements. I think it’s a fantastic way to display some of these shots. And I think today’s will be a knockout in that honeycomb shape.

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Doing the Backstroke?

I filled up the birdbath (oops, the bee watering rock) yesterday morning and I guess the turbulence of the water flipped a bee onto her back. She seemed a little panicked – and did several circles swimming backward trying to right herself. She finally flipped herself over, was able to climb up onto a floating leaf, and made her way up the wall for a lengthy grooming session. Normally I only post a single photo. But here’s a long series. Kinda fun. Hope it doesn’t overwhelm your phone…bit of overkill for sure…

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Bumbleface on a Liatris

Great pollen on the eye. Tongue is obscured by the flower, though. This one is in full bloom and really attracts bees of all kinds. Yesterday I saw two natives, a bunch of honeybees, and three different kinds of bumbles on this liatris. Gorgeous. And that’s a sunflower in the background above the bumble. Little pollen grains on its eye…

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Late Summer in the Asters

Got a lot of fun shots yesterday. Spent a lot of time with a variety of asters, in the blanket flowers, with some penstemmons, sunflowers, sedum, etc. Still lots going on in the fireworks-in-slow-motion show. Winding down, though. I’m reliably informed that five (or six?) more blanket flowers are going into the erstwhile parking strip (devil strip in Ohio?).

Love the hair on this one’s face and eye. And note the pollen grains on her back. Those aren’t from the asters. She’d been somewhere else before.

And here’s what today’s bee might look like in an acrylic honeycomb/hex – for that mosaic you need to put on your wall:

Neat, no?

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