Another One Tossing Around Pollen

Quick one from this morning. Shot before the sun came up over the mountain. Love that the catmint pollen is white – and that she’s making a mess. Good fun. Note the graininess of the shot. That’s caused by high ISO (which is an artifact of a fast shutter speed coupled with low light).

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Flight, Tongue, and Salvia

Yesterday was a good bee day. Some of those strange little geraniums started to open – and those the bees love. First warmer day in a long, long time (two inches of rain in the last couple of weeks??) and they were out in force.

Here’s a simple shot of one just leaving a salvia. Wings blurred beyond seeing, but a great tongue and a pollen basket just starting to fill. Seems archetypal for this site. Love it.

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More Tongue – on an Ornamental Cherry

When I figure out which variety this is, I’ll edit this post. But, for now, it’ll be “an ornamental cherry” – that’s in full bloom and just thick with bees. Here’s a nice shot of both a sweet bee and some blossoms. Happy spring! I’m lovin’ it!

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Honeybee on a Chocolate Daisy

A bit of a muddy picture, but I think that might add to the charm. Especially with the leaves in the background…lowing to yellow in the upper-right.

These chocolate daisies not only smell good, but they’re persistent flowers. They only bloom in the morning (close down early), but they go and go and go and go. We’ve had a minor frost already, yet they’re still at it. And have been all summer. They do get a little ratty looking, but one of the things I like best about them is how the blossoms look after they bloom. Great shape. I’ll post a pic soon to show what I mean. Anyway, great bee enjoying a reliable pollen source. Wonder if bees can smell (in a way that is similar to us bipeds). Hmmmm…

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On a Photogenic ‘mum

I’m really not sure why I’m not a fan of chrysanthemums. They’re really quite pretty when they’re at their peak. Maybe because they don’t bloom for very long and look pretty bad on the way out? Nah, irises are worse that way and I love them. Anyway, I guess I’m an antimumite. But I do like this pic. Both the flower and bee are nearly perfect. And the next shot (bonus) is nice, too. Both shot yesterday, btw.

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It’s About the ‘mums Again…

And a little dark for some reason. This is such a compelling shot, but it looks dark on this monitor. And I don’t want to mess with it much. Guess I’ll see how it looks on a phone. Was shot in the shade. It’s really busy, but the bee is fantastic. And the ‘mums and the rest of the green and background are fun. Printed it and it looks good if not too out-of-focus busy in the lower right corner. Too much info there. Just enjoy the bee. She’s really fantastic.

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Messy ‘mums

Got a few minutes with the bees today. Been very cold and not many are out. I suspect they’ll be heading for the almond groves in California soon. Been raining, too, off and on and that seems to discourage them. Seems like about fifty degrees is the threshold for much activity, tho there are outliers.

Got a few on this particular ‘mum. Lots with tongue. Might see a few more of those shots over the winter. The chrysanthemums aren’t one of my favorite flowers. They seem to feed the flies more than the bees. And they tend to look nasty as they age (see upper right). Some flowers do it so gracefully…others, not so much. It’s late. And I yammer. But she’s cute!

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