Thematic, again – Russian Sage

Here’s a little one in-flight. Lower light so you can barely see the blur of her wings…if at all. Neat what the buds turn in to. So sorry to see them fade, but they’re at their height right now. Perfect, not-so-very-thirsty plant for pollinators. And it self-seeds. And can get a bit interesting after several generations – depending on what’s there for it to cross with. Those bees…

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Booth Bee!

At Art in the Square (which really wasn’t in the square…got Covidmoved) in Fort Collins, the booth to my west was occupied by a woman called Michelle. She creates really super dresses (and fabric and who knows what else??) out of natural materials, dyes, etc. Check out her stuff at www.livinganddyeing.com. I don’t have the legs for it, but I’ll bet you’d find something that you’d love.

Anyway… On Saturday morning before the first show, she’d cut some wildflowers in her yard and brought them to her booth in a vase. The fresh-cut flowers attracted all kinds of bees – so being who I am, I grabbed my camera and started clicking. I printed this one overnight and gave her a copy on Sunday morning. Neat shot. Neat effect. Like it lots:

Apocryphally (I didn’t hear it myself), another photographer mentioned that he drives halfway across the country to shoot a landscape – and the bee guy just wanders over to the next booth… Made me smile ;).

Fun that I can fall down my front steps, camera in hand, and land amid flowers and bees.

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Archetypal Bumble Sunflower Shot

The bees are in the sunflowers full force right now. This shot is from yesterday. Only had about ten minutes to shoot. Trying to prepare for the Loveland Colorado art show.

Makes me a little wistful…summer isn’t quite waning yet, but the sunflowers doing there thing is a sign that things will start winding down sooner than later. And such weird variants of sunflowers this year. Some are easily twelve feet tall – maybe even fifteen. Makes it tough to shoot bees on them. This one was at about eye-level, though.

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Experimental Sunflower

Shot this one yesterday late in the day. The light is weird and the bee is in shadows. But…I think it’s kind of interesting. I especially like the way the green blurs into the yellow.

Been thinking about bees as art lots. Obviously. And thinking that while the close-ups are fantastic as a rule – that it also might be nice to have bees as elements rather than the key to the shot. Anyway…

This is what you get for today. Looked pretty interesting printed.

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Ethereal Aster Look

Putting the 2021 beefriends calendar together this week. This shot made it in. Love the detail on the face with the background looking so misty and soft.

I’ll be offering the calendar to those who visit the site (as soon as it’s finished). So keep that in mind. Will be a great splash of color on your wall!

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