Or something. A couple of out of focus guests in this one. This photo is so strange. From the focus to the couple of extra critters in it to the rock itself. Lots going on and all a little beyond what I’d imagine were I to imagine a bee picture. Nature does what it does. And so does the camera. And so do I.
Twofer and Lavender
Fun shot and kind of rare in that there’s not much in the foreground that’s out of focus. Cute face and the one coming in from the left with her tongue out is a nice touch. Grinding through winter, looking forward to the bees again. It’s cold!
Another Iconic Bumble
This one is a Hunt’s Bumblebee and its’ just fantastic. Great perspective and a great look at her face and tongue. Kind of fun to get shots like this now and then. Flower looks great, too.
Another on the Partridge Feather
Teeny, teeny sweat bee on the partridge feather. It’s a neat plant itself. Low to the ground, but it does something with its leaves or “feathers” that makes it look like there is dew or crystals on it throughout the day. Neat ground cover that isn’t very thirsty. Not my favorite because it only blooms once and I don’t see many bees on it. But that’s not the only criterion for putting it in the garden.
Kind of a Riot in the Chocolate Daisies
This one’s just a mess. But what a glorious mess. Focus all over the place. Two metallic green sweat bees. Bokeh going sideways. Again, not great art, but great nature. And that’s lots of the point of this site.
The 2023 beefriends Calendar is Available Now
There’s the cover girl. And what follows are the thirteen months included in the calendar (printer needed an extra month to make the pagination work).
The cost is $20 each and that includes shipping first class. Click here to buy using Square and I’ll get it (them??) right out to you. They look great! Best yet.
Bonus: Of a Butterfly on an Agastache
The butterfly’s wings are really torn up – especially the left one. But the patterns and shapes and colors of this shot are great. And nature isn’t always about perfection. Sometimes it’s about doing the best you can with what you have. If I were a smarter man, I’d point out that there’s a lesson in there somewhere.
In Flight Coming off the Russian Sage
I’ve really, really gotten behind on posting these. And I’m very sorry about that. I’ve got them loaded up and ready to go. Just haven’t made time to do it. Trying to catch up now. You need your Daily Bee. As do I. Great shot from October today. Lots of snow on the ground right now, but every day is another day closer to the first bee of the spring. Looking forward to that! Enjoy.
Great Shot on the ‘mums
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a real fan of chrysanthemums. Still not. But wow…this pic is fantastic of the flowers and the bee. Tongue and pollen basket. Great eye. Not much not to like about this one. I’ll end up getting over ‘mums eventually.
Tiny Sweat Bee on a Penstemmon
Most of the time when I shoot on penstemmons, I get bumblebeebutt. But (ha!) here’s a fun shot of a little black sweat bee (I’m really not sure about that at all, btw…I’m really bad at IDs) and some neat depth on the penstemmon blossoms.
Note the three eyes on the top of her head (occeli) as well as her little toes hanging onto the flower. Fun shot and great bee.