Traveling to Lavender

Yesterday I drove south to Young Living Lavender Farm and Distillery in Mona, Utah. Neat place. Great people. Interesting products, too.

Ended up buying a couple of products and even another lavender plant. Like there’s any room for that. Well, there might be. Rented a sod cutter the other day and took out the parking strip on the south side… The lawn is shrinking. Guess it will be an iris bed – among other things.

Protip: mark your sprinklers before you start your sod cutter rodeo/wrestling match. Agenda this morning: fix a sprinkler.

Oh, here’s today’s bee from the lavender farm. The light was awful, but any chunk of time with cameras in hand is a good chunk of time…

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The Trumpet Vine is Blooming!

This trumpet vine belongs to a neighbor across the street. And when it blooms, it swarms with bees and wasps. Got a few nice shots today including this one. Didn’t realize that it started this early and looks like it’s been going for a week. Hoping for some good shots over the next little while. From what I recall, it blooms for at least a month – maybe more.

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Bonus – Dragonfly on a Larkspur

Seems like a heavy dragonfly year – or I’m getting lucky with them. Here’s one on a larkspur. Those have recently started going nuts. Even to the point of occluding that one blanket flower that the bees love so. Might be time to do a little unarranging there. This one sat up nicely for me…and I like the detail on the wings.

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Bumble through the Salvia

This one is admittedly a messy shot. The background is busy, the bee is partially obscured, and there’s just a whole lot going on in general.

But…it grabbed me. And it’s a good example of the marvelous order and disorder of the garden…and the world.

Apart from a good in-flight grab, I like the pollen bucket, the pollen on her face, and especially the tongue. If you look closely, you can see that it’s split at the end. The dangling legs are neat, too. Bumbles are kinda tough to shoot because darker colors (black in this case) – especially on the face and belly – are hard to get right with light and detail.

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Three Filthy Bumbles on a Thistle

Shot a little yesterday, but I’m not sure how much I like the results…and started running out of time to post. So…

Today, you get three pretty dirty bumbles on a thistle – shot last August 31. I’ve not printed this one yet, but looks like a good candidate given the right crop. Think I got as many as five that day, but the focus wasn’t that great on the five. I like this one lots, though. Was a good day up in the mountains of Utah near Monte Cristo.

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I’ve Been Told that One Cannot…

…overdose on Vitamin C. Well, apparently it’s pretty hard to do. I wonder if that’s the same for lavender…

Very busy day with a very early appointment through about sixty miles of rush hour traffic. So just getting to today’s bee (that I shot in some pretty nasty light just a few minutes ago). You, though, as a paying customer have the right to complain – or cancel your subscription. Oh, wait a minute…

So much else in bloom. I’ll get to something besides purple soon. Just need to find a bit of equilibrium. Enjoy!!!

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So I Punt…back to the Lavender

Been on the road in Colorado for the last few days. Interesting, fun trip. Shot some classic (and older) cars and trucks, too. On the steep part of the learning curve on those, I’d bet. Just copying the cards over now.

But…trip got extended an extra day because these are strange times we live in… And I didn’t have a bee preloaded for this early a.m. as I normally do when I’m away.

So, today, you get a scramble through the lavender – a wider shot than I normally post, but it’s today – and she’s a bee – and has a pal in the lower left of the shot, too. So…enjoy 😉

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A Bumble from Red Butte Garden

I’ll be on the road still today…so here’s one from last summer. Took it in August in the Red Butte Garden. It wasn’t a dark day at all, but the way the lens worked with the shadows gave it that effect.

They love the Cone Flowers. And a couple here are threatening to bloom soon. So expect some fresh shots on them before too long.

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Green Metallic Sweat Bee on the Blanket Flower

Have only seen one honeybee on this flower so far – published a couple of days ago. If there’s a bee on it, it’s going to be one of these… Or a green carpenter bee. They generally run several counter-clockwise circles around the flower in their pollen collection. And I am most fond of the side shots in which you can see their eye. Tho there’s something to be said for a canted face shot, too!

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