I can never remember the name of this flower. It looks and acts much like a lily, but isn’t. Apparently, it’s an Alstroemeria – and is also called a Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas. I guess the difference is that lilies grow from bulbs while these grow from tubers. Whatever the case, they’re pretty neat plants and seem to bloom for at least two or three months every year here (climate zone 5b).
They’re not particularly fantastic for pollinators – at least in my observation – in that I don’t get many shots on them (read I don’t see bees on them very often). So I get pretty excited when I get a decent shot.
I like this one of the bumble – kind of splayed in flight – and I like that you can see the just-starting-to-fill pollen baskets pretty well (one in excellent focus).
Two other things about this shot: First, so many of the in-flight ones look like they’re approaching. Or our confirmation bias says that this must be the case. But, in truth, most of them are shot (by me, at least) as they’re backing out of the flower – like this one. Second, in that fold of the petals just above the bee, you can see a bit of a spider’s web – and just a bit of the spider.
Back to the well…well, the Russian sage, at least. Shot this one several days ago and if I remember correctly, one of these two was asleep – while the other was actively working. I often get more than one bee (or other pollinator) in a picture, but it’s really rare to get focus on two. The background is a little busy, but so is the Russian sage. As are the bees. So it’s truth in documentation, I guess. Early morning light. Neat detail on these wet ones.
Shot yesterday. I know I’ve been heavy on these shots lately, but this one is so neat I cannot resist. So enjoy it. And plant a Russian sage. You’ll have a long-running pollinator riot. A good thing to have.
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.
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.
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!