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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And More Asters…

Only had time for about ten minutes of shooting yesterday. But caught this nice one in the asters. See how she’s not got much hair on her back anymore? Worked most of it off. Almost looks a little impressionistic with the bokeh in this one. That spiky thing is a yellowing iris leaf, I think. But I like the way it pulls toward the bee – something, anyway. Interesting element.

If you’re near Crested Butte, Colorado on this Saturday or Sunday, I’ll be there at the ARTumn Festival – come by and have a look at the art.

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It’s Aster Time!

Makes me a little maudlin knowing that the weather’s going to be changing soon. Equinox yesterday. But the asters are in full flower…as are the ‘mums. Beautiful. And the little ones are really loading up.

I like this shot. Great detail on the bee. Even down to specks of pollen on her eye. With all the traveling I’m doing, I’m really feeling pressure to load up on shots when I’m home…get through the winter with this project.

If you’re enjoying what you find on this site, please share it with others. I don’t use social media for a variety of reasons so I’m a little hamstrung that way. Counting on you all to propagate the joy. Go ye forth and pollinate! Please.

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Late Summer in the Asters

Got a lot of fun shots yesterday. Spent a lot of time with a variety of asters, in the blanket flowers, with some penstemmons, sunflowers, sedum, etc. Still lots going on in the fireworks-in-slow-motion show. Winding down, though. I’m reliably informed that five (or six?) more blanket flowers are going into the erstwhile parking strip (devil strip in Ohio?).

Love the hair on this one’s face and eye. And note the pollen grains on her back. Those aren’t from the asters. She’d been somewhere else before.

And here’s what today’s bee might look like in an acrylic honeycomb/hex – for that mosaic you need to put on your wall:

Neat, no?

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A Bit of Beeneck on the Aster

Hate the fact that summer’s winding down. Still lots of blossoms everywhere, but yesterday they were flocking to the asters. More than a dozen in bloom around here. Here’s one of the shots from yesterday – and I expect that you’ll see a number of them over the winter.

Just finalized a deal with a company out of Michigan for printing acrylic hexagons. Have had the 6″ versions at the last couple of shows and people really responded well to them. They make neat mosaics. More on that soon.

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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 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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