Posting a few days in advance. Heading out to Fountain Hills, AZ for the art festival there.
This pic tickles me some. The flower is a mess, but it is still opening up in the middle and throwing pollen. So…if you have these, don’t deadhead them until the bees are done with them. Really an odd thing because they keep providing pollen long after the petals have started to look nasty. You know there’s a lesson in that…
On the ever-reliable cone flower. Normally, I crop the photos some to give a good look at the bee – or for the sake of composition. Not this one. I must have been really close on this one. From late July. I love the eye on this one. So different from the honeybees.
Seems August is a really busy month. Didn’t even pick up my camera yesterday so today’s shot is from earlier this month. I especially like what the diagonal penstemmon adds to the shot. Nothing all that special about this one – which is really saying something. Isn’t nature herself gorgeous?
This might be a better illustration of what I described a couple of days ago. Pollenbutt, too.
Yesterday, on the way back from errands, I stopped at the Ogden Botanical Gardens to shoot some bees. Really like the place. While there is a skeleton full-time staff directing the enterprise, much of the work on the upkeep is done by volunteers.
The other neat thing about it is that it’s free – and open from sunup to sunset. In my travels, I often look for municipal/public gardens. Normally, there’s a cost to enter – and lately, with the covids, you have to make an appointment to enter. Not so here. If you’re in the Ogden area, a visit is worth the time. You’ll be well rewarded.
Super-close shot today on the cone flower. Notice the hair on the compound eye – a hair between each lens. Also, looks like this one had been into the Rose of Sharon before hitting the cone flower. Those larger, white chunks of pollen on her back came from that flower (or maybe a wine cup??) .