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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a hoverfly on a California poppy. I think that’s salvia in the background. Notice how the fly mimics a bee or wasp with the yellow and black on the abdomen. Neat! I like the little pollen grains on the petals, too.
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.
Another Mesa Peach. Actually several in the new parking strip garden. Finally saw bees on the blanket flowers there yesterday. Not the best shot – not the best light – but very cool that these decided to bloom this fall. And the bees decided to show up. It’s going to be magnificent in a couple of years. Full of irises. Wish the bees thought more of those blooms. Here’s today’s:
Didn’t shoot much yesterday and didn’t like what I got, so… Here’s one from last month. These whiteypinkey asters are done, but I loved how creamy they looked with the bees. And there’s a hoverfly coming into the frame.
A bit of frost on the (watered) grass last night. Not much, but felt it at about 4:00 a.m. crunchy. Brought the tropicals in last night, thankfully. They’ll get a little shocky, but should adjust quick.
Neat one on the lavender. Had the first of the year on the dahlias, but liked the iris leaves in the background better for today’s shot. Scrambling like mad today. Late post. Life closing in. Like the world is out of plumb and square and true lately. Don’t know if you’re feeling it, but seems like what was unquestionably reliable is a bit canted or twisted right now. Unsettling.
Enough of that. Here’s today’s bee:
Been a long time since a bonus pollinator. Hung around some Autumn crocuses yesterday looking for a bee and this little one showed up. Super!