The First of Many Quick Hits – Beautiful on the Alyssum

Trying to get out the door to go to the Durango Art Festival (Sat and Sun of this week) so I’m pre-loading a few. Will extend the trip into Arizona to photograph some burros so I’ll be away for a while. So forgive me for little narrative this week. Actually, many of you will like it. I think.

Nice composition on this one. And a great bee!

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In the Shadows on the Asters

First shot of the garden asters this year. Twilight so there’s some strange light on it. Kind of have a love/hate with the asters. When they start to bloom, the clock is ticking on the summer. But they go and go and go and go. And the bees love them. And I’ve gotten some remarkable shots on them. Here’s the first of what will likely be many…

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Nice to See Rozanne Again!

Always a challenge to shoot bees on geraniums. But I sure like to. This is one of my favorite flowers. They seem so optimistic to me…and they persist for so long (blooming, not the individual blossoms). They do, though, tend to sprawl and wander and look a little ratty if left to their own program. The bees love them, though. And the blossoms themselves are really pretty.

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Seems Idyllic to Me

Not much to say about this one. You’ve probably noticed by now that I have a thing for depth of focus. This shot just seems so serene. So much like what I’d imagine one of my good shots would look like. Maybe even how I think I see the bees and flowers. I’m not explaining this well. But this one speaks to me.

For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a honeybee on a salvia.

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Great Sunflower – Great Bee

Current festival: On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (September 4-6), I’ll be in Avon, Colorado in Nottingham Park with my art. Stop by and have a look. Bonus here is that on Monday night, Los Lobos will be playing a free show.

So many of the shots that I post here, I need to crop some. Tickles me when I get a shot this close and clear that doesn’t require a crop. Might be a good candidate for the calendar. Also nice that this sunflower isn’t chewed up by the grasshoppers (yet). Most are. Good look at the veins in her left front wing. All in all, a neat shot.

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En Route: Destination Salvia

Current festival: On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (September 4-6), I’ll be in Avon, Colorado in Nottingham Park with my art. Stop by and have a look. Bonus here is that on Monday night, Los Lobos will be playing a free show.

Sometimes it surprises me what shows up in photos and what does not. Good look at her left front wing…and the others just don’t seem to be there much. Shot at 1/1000th of a second which might explain the blur to oblivion. The wings move so fast. And note that the salvias are going still even this late in the season. Wonderful plant for the pollinators.

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Bathed Bee

Because the birdbath is just about at cat level, it doesn’t get used much by the birds. However…it is the bees’ watering hole. And it needs to be filled every day. Sometimes when I fill it, I’ll wash a bee or few into the water. They mostly do a good job of getting to the edge and getting out safely. But now and then one will seem to struggle and I’ll have to fish her out with a stick. Here’s one from yesterday. She recovered nicely and went back to drinking before she flew off.

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