Great Russian Sage

Oh, hey – today (through Sunday), I’ll be in Centennial Colorado at The Highlands Garden Center (8080 S Holly Street) from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. – with a whole bunch of neat pictures of bees, birds, flowers, etc.

I love this shot. So often the foreground will be out of focus somewhere or another. But in this one, everything seems to be in the same plane. Fun composition, too. And the tongue – cannot get enough of that!

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Multi-color Alyssum

Oh, hey – today (through Sunday), I’ll be in Centennial Colorado at The Highlands Garden Center (8080 S Holly Street). Hours are: Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. – with a whole bunch of neat pictures of bees, birds, flowers, etc.

Don’t know if I’ve posted too many on the alyssum. Part of the problem is that they don’t rest much on these exceptionally tiny blossoms. They bounce around a lot and that makes shooting tough. Love these plants, though. Once they get started, they don’t stop until a hard frost. They’re only about six inches tall (normally – we’ve got some aberrations in a few spots that have gotten huge) and they make a nice, annual border in some of our gardens. The bees seem pretty fickle about them – tho I do notice more natives on them than honeybees. And that counts for something.

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On the Guara

Oh, hey – today (through Sunday), I’ll be in Centennial Colorado at The Highlands Garden Center (8080 S Holly Street). Hours are: Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. – with a whole bunch of neat pictures of bees, birds, flowers, etc. Come have a look!

Think this is the first shot I’ve posted on this particular plant. Shot some on white ones at a public garden earlier this year and they’ll probably show up sometime in the next few months here. They’re pretty delicate blossoms on thin stalks so they flap around a lot – even in the most gentle breeze. In other words, they don’t hold still. That said, the bees really seem to like them. In fact, one of the common names of this plant is “beeblossom” (yes, all one word – apparently I’m not the only one who compounds words with impunity).

This shot, especially of the bee and the blossom that it’s on, seems to have something special about it. Don’t know what it is, but it catches more than my eye. Kind of a mess in the upper left quarter or so, which is a shame. Neat, though.

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Bonus! – Jumping Spider in the Russian Sage

I’ve sure been delinquent in posting these “bonus” shots of other pollinators (or inadvertent pollinators – in this case). Oh, well. Maybe I’ll be less harried in the colder months. Or not…

Enjoy this one. It’s fun to watch them hunt…and jump at other critters.

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Salvias – in Flight

I like the wing and the pollen baskets on this one. Really too busy to be a very good shot, but sometimes that’s the nature of things. That dark red mess in the lower right is a fall ‘mum in the shade. Seems late afternoon is the best time for bees lately (warmest), but the shadows are long. That said, yesterday was probably the last good bee day of the season. Was in the low 70s, but today it will be in the 50s…and looks to be that way (and colder) from here on out. What a great fall it’s been, though, for weather.

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Beeetongue in the Geranium

The bees were all over the geraniums yesterday. Think it’s Rozanne – the variety, I mean. So tough to shoot because the nectar, I guess, is where her tongue is. So getting a good angle on the shot is tough. But it’s about the only blossom on which I get this posture (or shape) consistently. And I think it’s a neat one. Pretty bee today…down to her extended tongue and pollen on her face and eye. Even a little bit of interesting focus on the geranium itself.

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Russian Sage and Honeybee – Still Going…

Remarkable to me how much is still in bloom in mid/late October. And how busy the bees still are. The weather is still nice – low 70s maybe again today and tomorrow. And the bees are out until the sun goes down – laying in for winter. Don’t remember if this one is the neighbors’ Russian Sage or in our gardens. Shot both places. Archetypal Autumn shot.

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Snapdragon!

My neighbor across the street showed me an array of ten or eleven of my hexagons on her wall in her kitchen…and mentioned that there’s room to add more. I told her that she should have one from her gardens. So I shot for a few minutes in the lousy, late afternoon light. They were in the snapdragons.

One of the more interesting things about this picture is that you can see the two wings on the right side really clearly. The Longer one is the front one and I’ve never seen them hanging like this – or if I have, I’ve not noticed. I’m not sure I got any wall-worthy ones yesterday, but maybe I’ll have another look there today. A bit cloudy which would make for better shots.

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In Flight and in the Wind

Really windy yesterday while I was trying to shoot. So I didn’t spend much time with it. Caught this one in flight, though. Everything seems to be fading. Still 70 degrees, though, today (I hope). So another day, at least, of warmish weather.

Next weekend (Fri-Sun), I’ll be in Centennial, Colorado at the Holiday Art Market. Stop by if you are in the area to see some of these critters in better detail. Neat art.

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