Kind of a Top-down Thing on the Goldenrod

Kinda rare in these shots to actually have the bee at the top of the thing – no out-of-focus stuff nearer to the lens. I like the way this one’s set up. And especially like the wings. The goldenrod seems so fickle for bees. Throws pollen at times that make no sense to me. And it seems to be more attractive to wasps and flies than it is to bees. So I like it when I find a honeybee or few on it. It sure makes for some neat depth.

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On the Larkspur

This is a pretty good shot of a bumble on a larkspur. Mostly white with a tinge of purple. One of the things that I like about this plant is that it’s a self-seeder (an annual). Not only does it wander through the gardens some, but it also morphs through pollination. Different variations on color from year to year – and all due to the bees (and other pollinators). The background is fun on this one, too. Looks like sedums (or what used to be callled sedums – and that’s a different conversation – the constant reclassifying of plants (and other things)).

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Blurring Wings on the Salvia

Been working so hard on this renovation that I don’t have time to do much of anything. And when I do have a moment or two, seems I’ve already spent all of my energy on something else.

And getting a bee out every day has kind of been a chore for the last couple of weeks. Something that I need to do, but something I dread…because it does take some energy, and I have been putting it off until the end of the day.

And today was no different. Until it was. As I was selecting a shot for today, somehow I managed to re-remember to see the wonder and the beauty of the shots. This one is remarkable to me. Love the color of the flowers and the background. The shape of the bee…the wings in motion. That great face. The plates of exoskeleton protecting her. Just a magnificent tribute to nature all around. That split second hymn of gratitude in the shot. There’s really something there. To all of this. And this site…the few bees I post each week/month/year…just the tiniest slice of the smallest fraction of the grandeur. Find some in this one. Today. It’s there.

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Huge Bumble on a Foxtail Lily

Looks like this one is from June of this year. Note the pollen starting to accumulate in the pollen basket. Love these lilies. They bloom from the bottom up and they’re like garden rockets. Very neat plants and they attract all manner of bees and other pollinators. The only thing that I don’t like much about them is that they don’t last all that long… But they’re fantastic while they do!

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Face-first into the Sedum Angelina

A shot from June of this year. Pollen basket starting to fill.

Another late night…long day. Look for some excitement about this new gallery soon. The previous occupants put up a black, popcorn ceiling and covered it with glitter. Undoing that has been…labor intensive. Looking better and better, though. But wow.

Would rather be photographing bees.

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