And….another Hummingbird!

This time on the Hesperaloe parviflora. Looks like a yucca, but apparently it isn’t quite. Great plant, though. We’ve been waiting five years for it to finally bloom…and it did this time in a really amazing way. The wingspan (for want of a better word) on the long blossomy stalks is probably more than ten feet across. The hummingbirds love it (when the hutercats are elsewhere) as do the bees and other pollinators. And the neatest thing is that the blossoms persist. It’s been in bloom maybe six weeks…and it doesn’t show any sign of stopping – nor any degradation in the blossoms. I love plants like that…those that just go and go and go.

Oh, here are some of the other names of this almost-but-not yucca (per Red Yucca, Coral Yucca, Red-flowered False Yucca, Redflower False Yucca, Yellow Yucca, Hummingbird Yucca, Samandoque

The pics on that site really don’t do the full plant any justice. Maybe I’ll see if I can get a good shot of it. Here’s the hummer:

Oh, and I’m making my living full time selling photos – if you’d like a copy of this one (or any other), email me at to discuss.

I ordered this one today on both metal and acrylic to put in my booth at the art festivals. Can’t wait to see it on those media. Printed out a copy this morning on regular photo paper and it’s just stunning. Might belong on your wall…

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Bee Buffet: Inaugural Post

So…you get to see so many neat bees…really on only parts of flowers. And, somehow, I think I’m doing you a disservice by not showing things in a broader context. I’ve got so many great shots of the remarkable gardens here…so I’m going to create a separate tag called Bee Buffet under which I’ll post some shots of individual flowers, combinations, and garden shots. Incredible stuff.

Today’s is just a random rose – I’m sure it has a name. Just sitting in a pot on the front porch steps, but it caught my eye this morning when I was out after bees. If you’re particularly interested in the names of it or anything else, ask in a comment (there’s a link to every post) and I’ll try to get it figured out.

That said, here’s a pretty rose – a minuscule fraction of the broader buffet:

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Welcome to the Hotel Sunflower

Three longhorns this morning sleeping in what seems like a bee hotel – shot this morning. A bit of trouble with the too-few syllables in Sunflower to make it work, but sometimes you get what you get.

The longhorn bees really have an affinity for the sunflowers. I rarely see them on other blossoms. A nice bed for them. Imagining sleeping in a sunflower…maybe in another life. Strange post today. Flow of (un)consciousness or something. But, again, you get what you get…

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