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 – bees.photo 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 bees.photo starting today. Mini-milestone.

The Girls are Back!!!!

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First bee of spring – with pollen on her eye – on a Crocus tommasinianus ‘Roseus’

Finally!! I took our traveling bus down to the garage to get it worked on, and a friend from there drove me back to the house. As we pulled into the driveway, I saw (on a south-facing slope) several honeybees at work in the newly-blooming crocuses. The conversation stopped abruptly and I got out of the car and sprinted to the house for my camera. Don’t know if I even thanked him for the ride home.

Got some reasonable shots, but the joy… Spring is coming. Bees are back at work. Things are good!

For the record, that crocus is a Crocus tommasinianus ‘Roseus’

Nearly-drowned Honeybee

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Honeybee who must have forsaken swimming lessons in favor of other pursuits

By all accounts, this is the worst technical photograph to appear so far. But, at one a day, they all cannot be above average – in fact, just about half are going to fall below that threshold. So get over it.

I found this little one struggling in the birdbath last summer. I don’t know how or why she fell in – nor why she was unable to get herself out. So I fished her out and was glad when she righted herself and it became clear that I wasn’t going to have to perform artificial respiration on her. I’m thinking it’s best not to ponder that too long…

She did look pretty neat backlit and waterlogged. And she did end up drying off and getting back to work – seemingly no worse for the wear…or the bath.

A Bumble from Red Butte

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Another shot from Red Butte Garden (described in yesterday’s post). Something tells me I really should know what this flower’s called, but don’t. One of the hazards of leaving my own yard.

If you look very closely, you might see another critter peeking out from somewhere. I think that the close-ups are usually more compelling, but this one from a little farther out grabbed me. The attitude of the bumble and the blossom seem to work nicely together.

Bumble on a Cone Flower

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Bumble on a Cone Flower (Echinacea – of some sort)

This was shot last August at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City. I’d driven a friend to an appointment with a doctor and I had a couple of hours to kill. I had my cameras with me and so I decided to have a look at the gardens there. It was a really odd day in that it seemed to be all bumbles, all the time – and several varieties. Only a few natives, fewer honeybees, and just masses of bumbles. Normally, I’m overwhelmed with honeybees and the occasional bumble is a treat. That afternoon, it was reversed. But it sure was a fun day to shoot. And the gardens there are exceptional. Stop in if you’re in the area – and I’ll bet you thank me after your visit.

In other news, when I was introduced to this flower (in our own gardens) I heard “Corn Flower” rather than “Cone Flower”. So…they’ll always be Corn Flowers to me.

I think I mentioned I wasn’t much of a taxonomist…yet.