Fun One on the Salvia

I don’t do many vertical shots, but this is what the picture wanted. Two things to notice on this one: First, the pollen on the back is from another flower – those big grains. I’m not sure which one, but it’s surely not the salvia. That tickles me some. Second, she’s an older bee. The workers live about six weeks after they take the job of gathering pollen/nectar (they work in the hive for a bit before that). A couple of ways that you can tell that they’re older are that the hair gets rubbed off the thorax…and the wings start to wear out. This little one is showing signs of both. But she’s still super cute. I like the shot. Shot today, btw.

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In-flight toward the Salvia

Wonderful tongue…and a bit of a wing blur. I probably should have done a broader crop to show more of the flower and gardens. But the bee is so cute…and neat.

Haven’t shot bees for a good while. Almost a week. Missed yesterday because…stuff. Was thrilled to get ten or so minutes today. So enjoy this one. Hoping for more tomorrow.

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Continuing the Russian Sage Theme

Quick hits for the next few days because I should have been out the door two hours ago. Be back soon…

“Dance with the girl who brung ya…” Not sure where that came from, but I think it applies, somewhat, to the Russian sage. Keeps showing up at the dance…and its dance card is full of bees. Dang, I might be dating myself (as it were). Or dating the literature that I read, anyway. Ha. Might be a little punchy, too.

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I Knew the Name of this Flower at Some Point

This weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be in Cherry Creek, Colorado at the Fillmore Plaza with my art. Lots of stuff including the bees – and other bits of nature. Come have a look. Quick hits for the next few days because I should have been out the door two hours ago.

This is one flower on which it’s tough to catch bees. The hoverflies – mimics – seem to favor it. But the other day it was rife with honeybees. Go figure. Check out the pollen grains on her eye. If I get some more dormant time in the winter, I’m going to see what I can do about editing some of these posts. And see if I can identify some of the bees and flowers better. Apologies. It’s a monumental thing to get a new bee up every day…especially being on the road so much.

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Another Dip in the Russian Sage Well

This weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be in Cherry Creek, Colorado at the Fillmore Plaza with my art. Lots of stuff including the bees – and other bits of nature. Come have a look. Quick hits for the next few days because I should have been out the door two hours ago.

The composition and color of this one is pretty neat. Not all that much more to say about it except I sure love this plant. SO persistent. And such a draw for nearly every kind of bee…and other pollinator. Plant some. Doesn’t take much water, either.

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The Chocolate Daisy is Going Strong

This weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be in Cherry Creek, Colorado at the Fillmore Plaza with my art. Lots of stuff including the bees – and other bits of nature. Come have a look. Quick hits for the next few days because I should have been out the door two hours ago.

Here’s a neat bee on the chocolate daisy. Usually, it only blooms in the morning and closes up pretty early. Lately, though, it looks like it’s stayed open later in the day. Not sure if it’s true, or if I’m imagining. Neat flower. Get wafts of chocolate through the yard off and on, depending on the flower and the wind.

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A Rare Sight: Bumble in the Asters

I see lots of natives in the asters – especially the sweat bees. The honeybees make the asters pulse with life…but I so so so seldom get a bumble in them. Here’s one from yesterday. Got a few great shots of it working on the flowers, but I’m a sucker for in-flight shots. So that’s what you get today. So many asters, too. They change and hybridize and wander through the garden. Gorgeous! Oh, and there’s a bonus honeybee that’s almost in focus.

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A Mess in the Blanket Flowers…Still Going Strong

Once these start in the late spring, they just don’t quit. Here’s a great look at a honeybee in the blanket flowers which are in the (relatively) new parking strip garden. Sure it’s getting cooler. Sure it’s fall. But all of these lifeforms have no quit in them. Guess the hard freeze will knock them out, but that doesn’t detract from the point. They just go.

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Golden and Clover (over and over)

That really didn’t work, did it? I try to shoot the clover in the grass when I can and it doesn’t often work. Don’t know if it did this time. At least there’s a bee on it. There’s something appealing to me about the busy, randomness of this shot, though. And she’s today’s bee. And that matters somehow.

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