Native on the Orange ‘mum

The color is fading on this one. Kind of bleaching out as it nears the end of its cycle. Neat little bee grabbing some of the remaining pollen, though. Got to shoot a little yesterday. Supposed to drop into the 30s here tonight and looks like we only have one more day in the 70s (right at 70 on Saturday, maybe) according to the forecast. Been a great Indian Summer, though. Probably not allowed to use that phrase/descriptor anymore. What’s the politically correct term? Doesn’t look like it’s been tossed out by Wiki yet – nor do they offer an alternative…

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Green Metallic (sweat?) on the Asters

Been a while since I’ve seen one of these. Shot maybe twenty and only hit one in focus. Fast little one not staying long on any blossom. One of the neatest looking bees in the garden in my opinion. I like the green with the other colors in the shot. Very good detail on the bee today – even the eyes.

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Sweat Bee on a Black-eyed Susan

Love this bee on this flower. I really cannot tell when they’re throwing pollen so it’s kind of frustrating looking at them, bee-less, day after day. But when they hit, they hit. This little one kept moving among four blossoms. Neat bee. And the flower adds so much. It’s often the yellow splotch in the background in a number of shots on this site.

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Twofer – and in Flight

Back to the well. The blanket flower. What a champ for pollinators. This leafcutter (the one in flight) was really giving the bumble a hard time. Kept crashing into it, trying to knock it off the flower. Territorial little thing. The bumble was unmoved, though.

Traveling some to art fairs and shows in September. Check the sidebar (on a big browser – have to scroll to the bottom on a phone) for dates and places and links – or the Festivals and Events page. Some of the stuff that I’ve printed is stunning – especially the large sizes. And if you introduce yourself in person, I might be inclined to be flexible on prices. Plus it would be neat to meet people who frequent this site.

Enjoy these little ones today. I was pleased with how this shot turned out.

(Parenthetically, we broke the 200-day mark a bit more than two weeks ago. That’s a lot of bees!)

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The Blanket Flower Delivers

These are in full bloom now…and they’re attracting all manner of bees. In fact, given that I like to post “what’s blooming now”, you may well get sick of the colors. Such fantastic plants for pollinators!

Got back from Loveland, Colorado’s Art in the Park yesterday. Fun time, but the crowd was a little sparse due to current events, etc. Here’s to a more normal 2021.

Occurs to me that I should say something about today’s bee: Beautiful! Think I’ll let the picture be the other 999 words today…

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Another on the Sunflower

Are you sensing a theme? If not, you’re not paying attention. It is: whatever is in bloom at the moment.

Winter will be more random, I’m sure. And probably pretty aster-heavy again. But here’s an upside-down native on a sunflower. Love the eye. And the mustache. Interesting look at the bee and the flower for sure.

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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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Back to the Blanket Flower – Mesa Peach

An absolute favorite of mine. It’s starting to look a little ratty now, but there are also a lot of new buds on it. It will go until late Fall.

In other news, the parking strip is now devoid of grass – and I’ve been told that I have six or seven more of these on order. Hope they get established quickly and will bloom this season.

That’s a sweat bee, btw. Note the lack of pollen bucket.

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