Bee 011 – Yellow Bumble on a Salvia

I know this salvia has a name. Maybe I can figure it out later. Trying like mad to get these shots posted (may have to resume in the morning).

And yes, that bee really was that yellow. Not an artifact of editing screwupery. Was really taken by its color. I think there a couple more of this bee later on in this saga.

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Three-fer on a Sunflower

You’ve got the bumble in the middle, of course – the longhorn in the foreground – and who knows what that little thing is in the background behind the bumble. Not a rare thing at all. Well, maybe a little in that the longhorn seems to be okay with sharing…for now.

Now I’ll digress a little. Skip this if my otherwise commentary annoys you.

On a forum that I frequent, a person mentioned the other day that they were going to strap on their mask and go into the war zone (grocery store). I’ve reflected on that and have come to the conclusion that this virus and its lockdown have kind of separated us – even atomized us. Individual blobs at least six feet apart from one another – jealously guarding our own space. Looking askance and with suspicion at our neighbors and co-workers and co-humans. Even the masks (however necessary) are dehumanizing in their own way – I cannot see your smile.

And…just about every bit of correspondence that I receive ends with “stay safe”. I do understand. But I’d like to append stay safe with: Stay human.

We’re not at war with each other – nor are we enemies. At this time of atomization (my word), I think it’s especially important to retain our own humanity – recognize the humanity of others – and actively find appropriate ways to be the social creatures that we innately are.

I just re-read. And realized I wasn’t done. If there were ever a time to cut slack, be kind, and be slow to take offense, it’s now. People are scared. Scared people do stupid things sometimes. None of us can do much to change things on a global scale – but there’s lots we can do from the inside (within us) out (those in our orbits). You’re all sentient bee-lovers so you have a leg up (or six). Please amplify that from the inside out. That’s something we can do.

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Bumble on a Gaillardia – (Blanket Flower)

(Gaillardia Mesa™ Peach)

Like going to the well. So many great pictures last summer of this particular bloomer. With hopefully more varieties this summer.

Been very cold and windy these last couple of days. So the camera has stayed in the house. Should warm up by the weekend. Which will be a relief from the high 20s/40s of the last little bit. I really like posting stuff day-of. Think it adds good value to the enterprise.

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Two of my Favorite Things

A bumblebee, from today, on a Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum). Or, in the (very) local argot, a bumble on a grapie.

The hives were really active today, but I couldn’t seem to figure out where they were. The Nanking Cherry had a very few but the light was strange (too many shadows) and I may have caught one on the newly-blooming almond.

I sure enjoyed myself, though. And this bumble/muscari series was the last of the day. Happy Spring!

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Bumble with Salvias (I think)

Nice profile of a big bee. The salvia on the right is in front of the bee…and that’s supposed to be bad form, photographically. So indulge me and pretend that it’s behind the bee. Neat shot otherwise.

One of the things that impresses me is the variation in size. Was just now looking through a folder that had shots of a native not much bigger than a grain of rice. I’ll bet 100+ of them could fit in this bumble. It’s kind of fun to watch what the really gracile flowers/stems do with the weight of the bees. Some of these larger bumbles will pull things like the fame flower all the way to the ground. Digressing again.

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FIFTIETH Bee-of-the-Day Post!! Messy Bumble on a Sunflower

Bumble in Profile on a Sunflower

Something seems wonky with the colors on this one. But I swear I saw yellow and blue through the lens. Maybe I applied the DisneySuperTechnicolor Filter or something??? Perspective is a little weird, too. Oh, well. Love it or don’t.

By the way, this is the fiftieth consecutive day of “bee of the day”. Ambitious project for sure. But I’m sure enjoying it. Hope you are, too.

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