Shot this last week in Glacier. Got a lot of great animal shots, but the wildflowers were going nuts…and the bees were out. Was a little disappointed by the variety that I saw, but these fuzzy bumbles were great. And all over the place. Might be a Hunt’s Bumble.
Pretty hard to find shots today at midday. But this is a fantastic one of a little, tiny sweat bee on a fleabane. If you remember, a dime will cover the blossom of this flower with room to spare. One of the smallest bees I’ve ever shot. Yet one of the prettiest. Nature continues to stun me.
I don’t recall ever having shot this bumble. I’m including two pics today because the close-up is so neat with the messy pollen. Shot this morning.
Two other notes: first, with the drought here, there aren’t nearly as many healthy, blooming flowers as normal. That really stinks. And is hard on the bees. Second, I realize I missed several days this week. The pics are done but are not posted yet. Will try to get that done tomorrow. Was away for two weeks at art festivals and it’s been rough. Also…expect to see some bumbles from Glacier National Park pretty soon.
This one tickled me. Love what I take to be the expression on this face (just a face – standard bee expression – but give me some license here). This is a great native longhorn with a fantastic look at the detail in her eye. These bees seem to love both the sunflowers and squash plants. And, if you didn’t know, squash is native to North America (cucumbers, melons, etc., too). So these little ones have been at it in this hemisphere for who knows how long. One of my favorite bees to shoot when they (and the sunflowers) show up.
Third day of the Russian Sage. But a Golden Bumble this time. Face and tongue. The depth of focus in this one is fun. For those of you who haven’t spent much time with the camera (or those who use the auto settings on phone or camera), it’s possible to control how much of the shot is in focus. And if you’ve seen more than a few of the bees that I post, you’ll know that I really enjoy shooting with a shallow depth of focus – in this case, it’s really only her face and legs in focus. Imagine how this picture would be different (and much less interesting, in my opinion), if the entire flower were in focus – if even the stalks in the background were. It would be pretty messy and your eye wouldn’t be drawn to the subject nearly as much. Anyway, when you’re looking at (and taking) photographs, pay attention to the depth. It’s part of what makes the art of photography truly art.
I don’t generally publish the same plant on consecutive days. But, being on the road, I’m lucky to update, so you get what you get. Perhaps I’ll find some wild native bees with my camera today and have something different early next week. But, for now, that Russian Sage (and that honeybee) is pretty hard not to love.
Such a reliable flower for the bees (once it starts blooming). And it will continue to bloom until the frosts are really solid. Good look at her wings in this one. And as I’ve mentioned, even though it looks like she’s flying toward the blossom (and this is what we all expect when we see a picture like this), she’s actually just disengaged and is flying backward – away from it. Amazing critters!
This is a pre-sunrise shot (the mountains to the east make it later in the day) which makes the light a little blue. Tongue and pollen basket filling. I’d be tickled if all of the shots I take were this much fun. I love summer!
Not sure it gets any more like summertime in the garden than this shot. Great bee – cone flower kind of chewed up by the grasshoppers (nearing locusts levels this year) – golden pollen – and sedum angelina there as the background. Just beautiful!
Just a neat shot of a Golden Bumble on a salvia. Prettymuch a great late summer kind of shot. Smile and enjoy. I am.