Been watching this bumble for a couple of weeks at least. She lives somewhere under the catmint. She either cannot fly or is very, very bad at it. Most of the times that I see her, she’s crawling around in the dirt at the edge of the catmint. Sometimes she’ll climb up to the blossoms and move around some. I’ve seen her try to fly from blossom to blossom, but she usually falls down a few levels. Have never seen her try to fly up from the dirt – she only climbs. Anyway, here’s a nice shot of her from yesterday:
Getting late. Wanted to finish posting these. But it’s not going to happen today unless I do it this way. So I think the final tally will be: 150 bee shots, 10 or so bonus (quasi-) pollinator shots, and one beebaby iris shot.
Here are the rest of ’em:
Great eyes on the one that’s in focus. Shame about the other, of course. But it’s neat to see more than one on/in a flower.
I read an article once arguing that cameras are inherently racist. While I won’t speak to that, it sure is hard to get the center of the sunflower to pop without blowing out the sky and the petals. That said, it’s a pretty iconic shot for Summer at this place. The bumble is a Brown-belted.
The color of this bee was just outrageously bright. And this one might be the best shot of it. Love the way it’s nestled in to the flower. That tongue at work and pollen all over its face. Pleased with this one.
Another from bumbleday at Red Butte Garden. The light is awful on this…but the bee is wonderful. That profile again.
Another one that just says Summertime! From July of 2018. Like the cloud. Almost looks like a cartoon background. The bumbles are Brown-belted.
It’s really bad form to obscure the subject with out-of-focus foreground. But…I think it adds something. Some kind of depth and context. Plus there’s lots of detail left on the bee. I like this one a lot.
Note the lack of red on this one. Love the details in the wings here. Such a pretty bee on a beautiful flower.
A really dirty one climbing from bloom to bloom on a Liatris.