From Fall of last year. Look at how she’s grabbing the flower with her…what are they? Toes? I’ve seen them pull looser petals off (especially the heavier bees) and fall to the ground and then, after a bit, fly right back. I always imagine the bee thought, “what the…??? Well, back to it!”
Hyacinth tomorrow…or maybe a tulip. Some good shots from today I need to go through. I love spring.
Met several lovely neighbors today (that’s yesterday – Sunday) as I was in the garden and they were out for walks while observing the order to cower in place. Or is it shelter? Anyway, we maintained the appropriate distance between us as we talked and I truly enjoyed the interaction. As we get further into this, I can only imagine that real interaction among people will be all the more necessary and important. I guess I’m suggesting that we still can and should be social (we are social creatures for sure) while respecting what we’ve been asked to do.
This picture seems a little wonky to me. But I’ve looked at the original several times, and it’s pretty true to it. So much detail there both in the bee and the flower. And, of course, the lavender is fantastic. So many varieties of it, too. And the bees (and every other pollinator) just love it. It does take up some space, but when it’s in bloom, it’s magnificent – and fragrant.
It does get a little flappy in the wind, but most of you don’t have a camera to your face trying to get a tack-sharp bee when you’re enjoying the lavender…
A couple of other things: First, I’ve been a little discouraged with the traffic to the site lately – wondering if it’s a worthwhile thing to be doing with my time. (Of course it is, I know, and as the body of work grows, so will the traffic. I do know that.) Second, thanks for kind, encouraging emails that some of you have sent. That these little ones resonate with you, too, is really gratifying to me. Third, (whenever I say I’ve got a couple of things, I end up lying) please feel welcome to comment on the pics here. I’d like to see some dialogue, critique, suggestions, and knowledge shared. The way it is set up, you can put in a phony email address (use email@example.com, for example) and your comments will get through (if you don’t want to use your real email address – tho I’m the only one who sees it).
Anyway, I’m having tons of fun with this. And have years’ worth of pics backed up just waiting to be posted. Shot a bunch more today. Tulips, among other things. Maybe some good anemone shots, too – but my computer keeps crashing so I’ve not seen them all yet. Stay tuned…
From last week. Have a number of nice shots from the few warm days I’ll be posting here and there. Woke up to snow this morning, though. Spring in the Rockies, I guess. She does have wings but they’re blurry – you can barely see them, but they’re there. She’s part-way loaded up, going in for more.
That one is nearly full-frame so it blows up nicely into a very large print. That’s one of the downsides of this medium – posting only small pics. But that’s the nature of a blog – and the internet in general.
I really don’t love this shot. Lots I like about it. But something seems off. But…the tulips are starting to open. It will be a couple of days before they’re really filthy…and the bees get covered. But rain is scheduled here. Hope to get a few shots of that. Tickles me when they bathe in it.
This one I like lots because you can see the hair along the edge of her eye – as well as one of the three eyes (ocelli) on the top of her head. She’s an older one (relative term – maybe three or so weeks). You can tell because her wings are kinda chewed up and the hair on her back has mostly rubbed off. But great eye(s), tongue, face, etc. Pretty bee.
Well, I figured this might happen at some point…but not so soon. So double post today. I’m not going to delete the mistake because…something about being archival or some ethical mess that doesn’t even make sense to myself.
But here’s a beautiful girl on an aster. Love the pollen in her eye.
Seemed to be stuck on bumbles for a bit. Now it’s crocuses. Guess that’s because that’s what’s blooming. Shot this one on Feb. 28th. Love the spot of pollen on her eye.
Tulips started opening today. If they’re anything like last year’s early ones, it will be a few days and then they’ll be ready for the bees. Hoping to catch one just bathing in pollen…or find a shot from last year.
Ours should be back within a week or two.
Stormy with an occasional earthquake here today. No shooting. Hoping for better weather tomorrow.
Got lucky today being able to do what I mentioned yesterday – that is, find a bee on a Squill and show the blue pollen. Not the best pic of the flower, but if you look close, you can see that the pollen on the anthers is a neat blue color…and that she’s been harvesting it. Watch through the spring and the summer how the color (and size) of the pollen varies from flower to flower.
The honey we get from our foster hives is interesting, too. In the spring, it’s a very light amber. In the fall it’s dark…almost opaque. And has a different taste (both are fantastic).
A few more of this series coming later. I really enjoy that blue pollen.