Lots of Purple – In the Lavender

This one grabbed me today. Little rough on the highlights on the blossom itself, but I like both the bee itself and the background. Been a little warmer lately but still lots of snow on the ground. The crocuses look a little rough. And confused. But we’re probably mostly done. Seems like half-a-winter’s worth of water in a single, long storm.

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A September Aster

When I look at the number of bees I’ve shot over the years, seems like I’m heaviest in September. Almost like the bees then…loading up for winter. And both they and I are all over the asters. The difference is they’re right…and I seem to be trying to make up for not shooting as much in May, for example. Introspection can be rough.

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Tulipa Ancilla and Two Bees Sharing It

This is a really neat tulip. A bit of a shorty, but the bees (and wasps) really like it. It throws a lot of pollen, too. Makes for filthy bees. But it’s really pretty, especially on the inside (as you can see). Lots of depth of color there. Won’t be long before they’re in bloom.

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Just Another on an Aster

Nice face, wing, eyes, ocelli (those three bumps on her head between her eyes are actually eyes – total of five), pollen basket, etc. But the thing that drew me to this pic, odd as it may be, was the chewed-up iris leaf there in the upper left. Mostly just because it’s so typical of a summer day in the garden. Those grasshoppers are voracious…and pretty indiscriminate. Good bee today. Again, click on the pic – it will embiggen (yeah, that’s in the dictionary now) itself. Pretty cool. Now to go back thru the site…

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Hunt’s Bumble on Maybe a ‘mum

I think. Still with beadhead. This polar vortex storm is making a mess here in the rockies. Eight or ten inches of snow, but lots more has fallen (and melted). And it’s still snowing strong. Those poor crocuses in the vanguard. They’re pretty hearty, but they’re probably wondering what’s happened to spring. So have I. However…it’s been the driest winter that I can remember (but that’s not a great metric) and we need the moisture.

It’s one of those things…you know it’s good, but it’s sure seems lousy when it’s happening. Something about perspective. When the reservoirs are full and I see the water on the garden this summer, maybe I’ll remember this morning and think a little. Probably a lesson in there somewhere… Ha!

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