Another Bumble on the Same Salvia

I really can’t choose where the bees are in the morning. Another on this tall, light blue salvia. There were a few honey bees at work on the same plant, but the light this morning was so scarce that I couldn’t shoot at a fast enough speed to catch them properly. So…another sleeping bumble. I liked this one because it was on the top of one of the bloom stalks. Great bee…neat picture.

Rate this photo

Waking Up – and a Photobomber

Might not be fair to call that green, metallic sweat bee a photobomber. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even see it until the picture was on my monitor. The bumble was sleeping on the salvia and just waking up. I anthropomorphize some, but that stretching… A good part of waking up. Anyway, I don’t often see the sweat bees sleeping anywhere. They’re generally pretty active, but looking at all the pictures, this one was inert. I wish I’d have seen it and gotten some shots that were in focus. So seldom that they hold still even a little. Anyway, double bee today. If nothing else, it really illustrates the size disparity between the two varieties.

Rate this photo

What More Do You Need…

…to become convinced to plant some blanket flowers? They’ve been blooming for a number of weeks (months?) and are a fantasy land for bees. Here’s today’s evidence 😉 :

Three bumbles, one longhorn, and one honey bee (and both of those caught in flight). Fun pictures today!

Rate this photo

In the Pouring Rain

In the spirit (and more) of posting fresh pics when I’m not on the road, you get a weird and notsogood one today. For the past couple of days, it’s been raining like mad. I’m not complaining – we need it. But it really does cramp bee photography.

And other photography, too. Yesterday I went to the west desert thinking it would be cloudy/hazy – so I’d have some good light (and fewer shadows) on the horses. Got there about 3:00p.m. and the place was a wreck. So many roads washed out . Had to back up maybe more than a mile in total because several roads just stopped being roads in sections. And one valley…the one before the valley in which the horses winter…was full of water. Like a lake. Road went straight into it. Was amazing.

Anyway…I grabbed a camera and lens that are supposed to be water resistant and went out in the rain a few minutes ago. Found a bumble trying to sleep on a rain-flattened Russian Sage. Not much light, of course. The focus is pretty good even though it doesn’t look like it. But…part of the reason for this site is to document. So today – today I document a wet bee. Ha!

Rate this photo

Just Calm, Easy Beauty in the Salvia

Love the colors in this one. And the bee is beautiful, too. Especially like the bridge with the leg between the stalks. And the focus between. Being in focus during a transition is a great metaphor.

Odd day for me personally and that’s all I’m going to say about that. Long drive planned, so need to get this one out both quick and early.

Enjoy the feeling of this pic. There’s beauty there.

Rate this photo

Semp Blossoms with a Bumble

As far as semp blossoms go, this is a strange one. It doesn’t open nearly as far and the bees spend very little time on any one blossom. It’s also such a light color compared – so it always looks a little blown out in the photos. Its texture is different, too…thicker and less delicate. But it seems to be throwing pollen now and the bumbles enjoy it. Guess that’s another difference, too, in that the bumbles spend little to no time on the other types of semps.

Rate this photo

Pollen, Larkspur, and Very Bad Light

Of all the shots I have, I really don’t know why I chose this one for today. Must be the pollen. I don’t think it came from the larkspurs. Every plant has both its own pollen (size, color, etc.) – and it seems to end up in different places on the bee, depending on the blossom. Maybe in a few years, I’ll be able to look at a dirty bee and say (definitively) where it’s been. Aspiring again, I guess…

Rate this photo

Hunt’s Bumble on a Scabiosa

Guess these are also called pincushion flowers. So the title today could have read, “Bedhead Bee on a Pincushion Flower”. I shot this one at the Ogden Botanical Gardens in June of this year.

From the “who knew” department, the flower is a traditional medicine for scabies – hence the name. Neat.

Rate this photo