Bonus: On the Yuccanotyucca

Shot this a few minutes ago. Afternoon light that’s kind of soft. Love this plant. Been going for at least two months. And looking really good. Something to be said for the persistent desert plants. For more info on this plant, see this post.

Not sure how I got that blur in the background with the bee so hard in focus. I like the effect, though.

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Another Bumble on the Same Salvia

I really can’t choose where the bees are in the morning. Another on this tall, light blue salvia. There were a few honey bees at work on the same plant, but the light this morning was so scarce that I couldn’t shoot at a fast enough speed to catch them properly. So…another sleeping bumble. I liked this one because it was on the top of one of the bloom stalks. Great bee…neat picture.

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Waking Up – and a Photobomber

Might not be fair to call that green, metallic sweat bee a photobomber. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even see it until the picture was on my monitor. The bumble was sleeping on the salvia and just waking up. I anthropomorphize some, but that stretching… A good part of waking up. Anyway, I don’t often see the sweat bees sleeping anywhere. They’re generally pretty active, but looking at all the pictures, this one was inert. I wish I’d have seen it and gotten some shots that were in focus. So seldom that they hold still even a little. Anyway, double bee today. If nothing else, it really illustrates the size disparity between the two varieties.

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What More Do You Need…

…to become convinced to plant some blanket flowers? They’ve been blooming for a number of weeks (months?) and are a fantasy land for bees. Here’s today’s evidence 😉 :

Three bumbles, one longhorn, and one honey bee (and both of those caught in flight). Fun pictures today!

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In the Pouring Rain

In the spirit (and more) of posting fresh pics when I’m not on the road, you get a weird and notsogood one today. For the past couple of days, it’s been raining like mad. I’m not complaining – we need it. But it really does cramp bee photography.

And other photography, too. Yesterday I went to the west desert thinking it would be cloudy/hazy – so I’d have some good light (and fewer shadows) on the horses. Got there about 3:00p.m. and the place was a wreck. So many roads washed out . Had to back up maybe more than a mile in total because several roads just stopped being roads in sections. And one valley…the one before the valley in which the horses winter…was full of water. Like a lake. Road went straight into it. Was amazing.

Anyway…I grabbed a camera and lens that are supposed to be water resistant and went out in the rain a few minutes ago. Found a bumble trying to sleep on a rain-flattened Russian Sage. Not much light, of course. The focus is pretty good even though it doesn’t look like it. But…part of the reason for this site is to document. So today – today I document a wet bee. Ha!

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Black Carpenter Bee (bam a lam!)

Edit – upon further review and consultation with someone brighter than I…this ain’t no bumble. Which wrecks the alliteration as well as the syllabification of the title. But I’m stubborn enough to leave it. So…

Have only ever seen a few of these. About medium-sized with a really neat eye. The light wasn’t fantastic. Rarely do I wish for full sun when I’m shooting bees. But I’d really like to see the eye in full sunlight. These agastaches get kind of raggedy looking (and you can imagine I’m complaining about the slightest breeze on them), but the pollinators sure do love them – this black bumble carpenter bee among them. Neat look at the wings…and the varied coloration along the side of the bee.

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Pollen-Filthy, Beeneck, Agastache…Not a Lot More To Want…

Apparently that “to” is capitalized because it’s “part of an infinitive”. Wow. I don’t think I’ll ever understand all of the rules.

Long day yesterday…drove about 850 miles in search of things. Shot this pic this morning, though, in some pretty good light. The flower’s looking ratty in places, but the bee – she’s magnificent!

Not sure where that big pollen came from. Not from the agastache, I’m pretty sure. Love the neck. Pretty rare to see.

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