Bee 099 – Bumble on a Cone Flower

This is one of my all-time favorite bumble shots. It’s a Brown-belted on a Cone Flower. I think one of the compelling things about it is its left, back leg. Clearly helpful. Maybe like those jacks out of the cherry-picker trucks – stability? Anyway, I like the way the bee mirrors the shape of the middle of the flower. And that the focus is so much on the bee. The whole think kind of radiates.

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Bee 075 – Super Look at a Honeybee on a Cone Flower

The pollen of the Cone Flower is relatively large, compared. You can see the individual grains on her from front to back.

And because I heard “Corn Flower” the first time, they’ll always be Corn Flowers to me.

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Bee 028 – Another Bumble on Another Cone Flower

With even a busier background. And the woes of randomizing…two similar shots in a row.

That day at Red Butte Gardens was pretty strange in that more than 90 percent of the bees that I saw and shot there were bumbles. I only have a few shots of honeybees or any of the smaller bees from that day. Think I’ll go back this year on the same date and see if the same thing happens.

Around here, I’ve only seen six or so bumbles so far this Spring. Odd. I expect that to change as Spring ends and Summer begins.

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Filthy, Filthy Bumble on a Cone Flower

One of my very favorite shots from last fall. Taken in September. This bumble had just been on a Rose of Sharon in a neighbor’s yard and is a mess. But such a neat mess.

Very discouraged by the lack of traffic to the site. Think I’m going to need to stop looking at it and just keep doing. Does that metric matter?

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Bumble on a Cone Flower

Not much to say about this one. But lots to like.

Looks like it’s going to warm up in the next few days…and that means the bees will be out for more than an hour or two. So much is starting to bloom. Those fireworks in slow motion. The squills and crocuses are fading being replaced by more daffs and tulips. The viburnum and forsythias are firing. I love spring.

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Honeybee on a Cone Flower

Honeybee on a Cone Flower (Echinacea – of some sort)

First, two of our three hives came back yesterday! Thanks, JodyBees (that’s how she’s in my phone). Things are more right with the world.

Second, great eye on this one today. And pollen on her face. Delightful to me. The pollen’s a little bigger on the cone flower than most others.

Looks like the weather here’s letting up a little today. Warmer…less rain. Wanting to spend some time with the camera…and maybe the tulips.

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