The Unicorn Bee

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Neat Native on an Aster

This one’s been dubbed The Unicorn Bee. The shot is by thebeegal and that’s not a horn, but one of her two antennae – specifically the left one. Recall that the focal plane is pretty narrow – maybe 1/8th of an inch in this shot – and that particular antenna found itself directly in that plane. If you look closely, you can see a bit of blur that’s the antenna on the right side. Compelling shot, I think. And a great eye.

Leafcutter on a Gaillardia

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Leafcutter on a Gaillardia – Blanket Flower (Gaillardia Mesa™ Peach)

Check out that eye! And that front leg is neat, too. I really love this flower for pollinators. It’s full of pollen, blooms like mad, and attracts natives an honeybees from mid-summer until the first hard, hard frost. Plus it’s elegantly complex and photographs really well. One of my very favorites.

Honeybee on a Sedum

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Kind of mailing this one in. I think the picture is fantastic. It’s a creamy variant of a sedum – with bee neck, much like the Feb 1 post from this year. Mid-afternoons until the dusk, the honeybees just flock to these. They’re late-season bloomers around here and it’s the honeybees that seem to be the most attracted to them. They’re neat flowers in their own right.

Psychedelic Bumble?

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Bumble on a flower whose name I wish I knew

Kind of a wild shot, but I like it lots. Someone out there must know the name of this flower. If you do, please post a comment or send me an email. Shameful…

Not much narrative tonight. Getting ready for the art festival in Litchfield, AZ this weekend and there’s always more to do. And, it seems, I do more slowly than I’d like.

So love the bee. That’s enough for today.

Bumble in the Lavender

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Bumble in the Lavender

Lavender is fantastic for pollinators. There’s even an extra in that shot…not particularly a pollinator by definition – but passively/accidentally doing it as it moves from flower to flower.

I’m not sure of the variety of Lavender. After a few years in the garden, when other varieties are present, they kind of tend to invent their own variants. Pretty though. And teeming with bees and other critters.

Honeybee on a Dahlia

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Honeybee on a Dahlia to which the grasshoppers got first

This is the first in a long series of bees on imperfect flowers (this one having been ravaged by grasshoppers). One of the basic tenets of photography, I’m told, is to pick the best examples of your subjects (and backgrounds) that you can. For this site, I’m not sure I agree. Not only because it’s primarily about the bees (and it is), but also for a couple of other, related reasons.

First, there’s beauty to be found all the way through the cycle. This deserves more than a single sentence (and maybe I’ll yammer about it sometime), but it’s just true. And not only because it’s part of the cycle – but because the beauty is inherent.

Second, there are some who manicure their gardens – they “deadhead” the moment a blossom is past its prime – or if the blossom is damaged. That’s one point of view. And I’ll not argue with it. But I will point out that the bee doesn’t give even a single, half-a-damn that the flower looks torn up. There’s pollen there – there’s energy there – there are winter stores there… And she’s hard at work on this particular wreck of a blossom.

It’s really more than just “the eye of the bee(badpun)holder”. It’s real. It’s what’s for dinner.

Digression – at Art and other Festivals

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Update: because of the the CoronaStuffs, lots of festivals and shows are cancelling or rescheduling. I’ve got lots to say about that, but it probably isn’t politic to do so. Hopefully, stuff picks up later in the summer.

I’ll be offering my photographs (printed on a variety of media) at various festivals and shows this year – and not only bees, but other pollinators, birds, flowers, wildlife, etc.

Here’s the schedule so far:

March 7 & 8 – Litchfield Park Art & Wine Festival – Litchfield Park, Arizona
Postponed – March 28 & 29 – Festival of Colors – Spanish Fork, Utah
April 3 – First Friday Art Stroll – Ogden, Utah – Displaying at The Diamond Room (131 25th Street)
Cancelled – April 18 – Palisade International Honeybee Festival – Palisade, Colorado
May 2 – California Honey Festival – Woodland, California
May 8 & 9 – Art Festival of Henderson – Henderson, Nevada
June 28 – Sierra Nevada Lavender and Honey Festival – Sparks, Nevada

More dates pending. See the Festivals and Events page for the current list.

Another Crocus Day

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Honeybee in the Crocuses

It’s supposed to start storming here tomorrow. But today…today the girls were out again in the crocuses. I love this time of year. Not much more to say other than that I’m thrilled to see the cycle starting anew…again.

Well, and that I feel bad not getting in closer to the pollen-eyed little one. But the crocuses…they deserve some love, too.

In other news – second month of starting today. Mini-milestone.