Interesting Depth on a Pretty Wrecked Cone Flower

Posting a few days in advance. Heading out to Fountain Hills, AZ for the art festival there.

This pic tickles me some. The flower is a mess, but it is still opening up in the middle and throwing pollen. So…if you have these, don’t deadhead them until the bees are done with them. Really an odd thing because they keep providing pollen long after the petals have started to look nasty. You know there’s a lesson in that…

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Neat Profile on a Sunflower

Posting a few days in advance. Heading out to Fountain Hills, AZ for the art festival there.

Great pollen on a September sunflower. Color of the yellow seems a little wonky to me, but I’m admittedly a little colorblind. The sunflowers are volunteering all over the place. Some getting culled, some getting left. They tend to wander well. And they self-hybridize, too. So it’s interesting to see the new blossoms. Especially when they keep some of that recessive red.

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A Bit Late – in the Hyacinths

Here’s a pretty girl buzzing about in the hyacinths. Think this might be only my second shot on those. As pretty as they are, either the bees aren’t that fond of them or my timing has been abysmal.

Speaking of that, got out today about 3pm and couldn’t find bees. Strange. There were a few on an ornamental cherry in the backyard, but I’m not confident that I got even one reasonable shot. Wondering if there are fruit trees blooming elsewhere drawing the bees. Warm enough. Anyway, hyacinth from yesterday. She’s cute!

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Quick Hit – In the Neighbor’s Crocuses

No time to say much. I’m about three hours behind and need to get on the road. This is from my neighbor Jackie’s garden. She just celebrated her 90th a few days ago and is a great friend. I value her.

Posting today in advance of attending the Arts Festival in St. George, Utah. It’s on Friday and Saturday of this week. Really hope to see and meet some of you there! I’ve got a bunch of neat stuff including the bees that you’re familiar with as well as some wild mustangs, wildlife from a trip to Yellowstone, and a bunch of remarkable birds that I photographed this winter. Stop by if you can.

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Quick Hit – In Flight over a Tulip

Check out that pollen mess. And the shadow. I really like this shot.

Posting today in advance of attending the Arts Festival in St. George, Utah. It’s on Friday and Saturday of this week. Really hope to see and meet some of you there! I’ve got a bunch of neat stuff including the bees that you’re familiar with as well as some wild mustangs, wildlife from a trip to Yellowstone, and a bunch of remarkable birds that I photographed this winter. Stop by if you can.

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Beetongue on the Scabiosa

Still too cold to be shooting and posting. Maybe tomorrow some fresh, current stuff. This one might have been gorgeous had the flower in the back not been past its prime. Bit of an odd composition, too. But a neat flower, a neat bee, and an interesting background. Really like this pincushion flower…except in the wind…and except when bumbles land on it. Tends to get a little flappy for photos. But it sure attracts the pollinators!

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