Incredibly cute, wet, messy Hunt’s Bumble on the Russian Sage. Not much else to say. Hate the fact that fall is coming…upon us. Happy Equinox today or soon???
Have forgotten the name of this flower. It’s kind of ratty-looking sometimes, but it’s a fun one. Often with bumbles and honeybees on it. And such a great look at the bee and her tongue.
This one I just noticed – in another part of the garden. The purple ones have been blooming all summer. Maybe these have, too. Very cool rock in the background. You cannot see it, but it’s a sedimentary one that has bits of petrified branches in it. You can see the cells in the wood as it spalls off of itself. Great huge disc of a thing.
Get some of these. Perma-bloomers and not very thirsty. And such a great magnet for the pollinators – natives even, too.
Almost looks black. But I think it might be a golden or a brown-belted that’s wet and has lost most of its hair. Anyway, neat looking one sleeping on the underside of a sunflower. Hair gel, maybe?
The scabiosas seem to be pretty long-lived and persistent, too. Kinda have to watch them for a while because the bees aren’t already on them, but with a little patience, there’s often a shot. And they don’t seem to be too heavily affected by the lack of water this year.
This one had been in the rain so the Hunt’s looks way more disheveled than usual. And that’s a real trick. How many months has the sage been the best go-to? Great plant. Not water hungry. And feeds the pollinators for months and months.
Shot this one yesterday. Not much of the foreground out of focus in this shot so that’s a little different from my wont. This one was sleeping there…and holding still (which isn’t very normal). It was windy, though, so the flower wasn’t holding still. Grabbed the stalk of the thing so I managed to avoid the worst of the flapping to get this shot. I quite like it.
The weather has taken quite a turn here. Cooled off last weekend and seems to be cooling even more. Rain all day (apart from the morning) and quite chilly, compared. Got a few shots before the sun came over the mountain, but bad light and not much activity – and not many things blossoming still. The grasshoppers and the drought have really made a mess of things. Anyway, happy today!
Got back to bees kind of late yesterday. Being on the road is pretty difficult sometimes. Never enough time to get everything done. Was a fire on the mountain not far away…so I was shooting helicopters with the water dumps on them…and bees. (For those wondering, they got the fire out pretty quickly. Could have been lots nastier. So dry here.)
Here’s a great little one with a full pollen basket. The sedum is one of the plants that don’t need as much water, so they’re looking pretty good. And they give the bees something to love, too.