Brings me back to mid summer. Love these flowers. The bees will often crawl all the way in. This is a bit of a rare grab of her tongue there on the stamen or pistil or anther or whatever the heck that is. Pretty girl!
This probably isn’t okay. But… I thought I’d show you what I do in the winter for photo therapy when I can’t roll down the front porch into the flowers and bees.
Here’s a rough-legged hawk from Friday of this week:
And here’s a wild mustang stallion portrait from yesterday. Shot in the west desert of Utah. Check out his scars! They fight a lot.
I probably won’t do this again, but kinda wanted to show that my camera isn’t idle in the winter… Hope you enjoyed the distractions.
Heading toward the salvia. Fewer words better today. Beautiful!
This one might be more about the mess than the bee. You can kind of see her amidst the pollen thar in that poppy mallow. Also interesting exercise in depth of focus. Don’t get many bees in these – and the light is often weird. But it’s fun when I do.
Guess these are also called pincushion flowers. So the title today could have read, “Bedhead Bee on a Pincushion Flower”. I shot this one at the Ogden Botanical Gardens in June of this year.
From the “who knew” department, the flower is a traditional medicine for scabies – hence the name. Neat.
Looks like they’re both brown-belted bumbles. That doesn’t always happen. The same species, I mean, sharing a blossom. The other thing that rarely happens is having two bees in (near) focus at the same time. But here’s a nice, pollen-covered pair. Couple more months until the crocuses? We’ve had some in January, so here’s hoping. They’re nestled under the snow for now.
This one has a really nice feel to it. I like the out-of-focus stuff in the background. And the bee looks so great. Notice how almost all of the hair on her thorax is gone. This one’s been around for a while. And there’s a little bit of neck visible. That just tickles me.
On a trumpet vine. Neat, no?
I was trying to select a good photo for this morning and had several candidates ready. They’ll show up over the next few days. Just went out to the car to go to the hardware store to get a part for an emergency repair. Was covered with ice so I decided to let the car warm up a bit – and do today’s bee while I waited. The dark and ice and cold and snow…
The light and warmth on this one are a nice counterpoint. Plus she’s so cute! Nice detail, too.
Nothing out of the ordinary… Just a cute bumble on a liatris. But you really get a good look at the three ocelli on her forehead. Five eyes. Wow. And great colors.