Well, I figured this might happen at some point…but not so soon. So double post today. I’m not going to delete the mistake because…something about being archival or some ethical mess that doesn’t even make sense to myself.
But here’s a beautiful girl on an aster. Love the pollen in her eye.
Seemed to be stuck on bumbles for a bit. Now it’s crocuses. Guess that’s because that’s what’s blooming. Shot this one on Feb. 28th. Love the spot of pollen on her eye.
Tulips started opening today. If they’re anything like last year’s early ones, it will be a few days and then they’ll be ready for the bees. Hoping to catch one just bathing in pollen…or find a shot from last year.
Ours should be back within a week or two.
Stormy with an occasional earthquake here today. No shooting. Hoping for better weather tomorrow.
Catching a bee in flight with really legit, hair-on-the-eyeballs focus is way more luck than management. But it happens sometimes. It’s kind of a busy shot with that Squill in the foreground and mess elsewhere. That yellow/green spikey thing is called Jenny’s Stonecrop. But I call her Angelina (Sedum (Petrosedum rupestre subsp. rupestre ‘Angelina’)) and I might have a bit of a plant crush on her.
While it does bloom once a year (I’ll find some bee pics on it eventually), it’s mostly a ground cover. And a wonderful one at that. It’s heartier than…well…come up with your own metaphor (and include living on concrete in a pinch), it grows quickly, and keeps most of the weeds out. And it’s nice-looking as it changes color through the season. But one of the best things about it is that it’s not hard to remove if you need to (or if it’s wandered somewhere it does not belong). Not all ground covers behave that way.
Didn’t I just rant about ads on sites? Apparently today’s post was brought to you by Sedum ‘Angelina’. Ha!
And that bee is almost iconic with that full bucket of blue pollen. Pretty girl.
I just used a browser without an ad blocker or pop-up blocker installed. Went to a local news site to check the weather – and I was flooded by ads…even video that was loud and started playing automatically. And I had to close the browser to shut it off.
That’s not going to happen here. When a site (or magazine or radio show or whatever) sells time or space for advertising, they’re selling a demographic to the buyer – they’re selling you. You’re the product, effectively.
On this site, you’re the viewer – the consumer – the audience. You’re NOT the product. This is for you – you’re not a means to an end. Sure it costs something to run this place (more time than anything). And sure there are ways that you could return value for the value you get (if any) if you chose to. But ads? Never!
If I mention a product or a place or site or a venue or whatever, it’s going to be informational or a personal opinion – no quid pro quo.
This is sounding like a rant more than anything. That’s fair, I guess.
The general rule is that, if it’s free, you’re the product, not the customer. That’s not so here. It’s about bees. It’s about joy. It’s about that moment. Please enjoy!
Got lucky today being able to do what I mentioned yesterday – that is, find a bee on a Squill and show the blue pollen. Not the best pic of the flower, but if you look close, you can see that the pollen on the anthers is a neat blue color…and that she’s been harvesting it. Watch through the spring and the summer how the color (and size) of the pollen varies from flower to flower.
The honey we get from our foster hives is interesting, too. In the spring, it’s a very light amber. In the fall it’s dark…almost opaque. And has a different taste (both are fantastic).
A few more of this series coming later. I really enjoy that blue pollen.
I’ve been long on bumbles lately, so here’s a honeybee shot in October at Ogden Botanical Gardens. I don’t know what this flower is, but it’s one of the last ones to keep blooming…even through moderate frosts. As fall winds down, the bees have fewer sources to use. Somehow these that bloom late have become some of my favorites.
This one held still for a while for me – more or less – almost posing. This was my favorite of all different shots. The light was pretty low which meant I had to open the lens pretty wide…thus decreasing the depth of focus. I think that adds to the effect.
Oh, I should say that I shot this yesterday afternoon. So good to have all of the little ones back. And our (foster) hives will be showing up again in two or three weeks. Cannot wait.