Silverthorne Natives

Last weekend I was at an art festival in Silverthorne, Colorado. On the first day of the festival, I nipped out behind some aspens about 20 yards from my booth to sate a nicotine craving – when I noticed some native bees on wildflowers. So…being who I am, I went and got a camera and shot for a bit. And came up with this one. That night, I printed a number of copies and then matted those prints.

The shot was well-received by those who attended the show. And it’s a really nice one. And one of the few on this site that’s not from our gardens here. Native Colorado bee on a tiny, dime-sized wild aster. Fun shot!

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Abdomen-up Leafcutter in the Yarrow

This is in the new parking strip garden (think we put it in last year) and it’s looking really good. Apparently, though, this yarrow is “the wrong one” and is a little too tall. Guess it will be relocated in the fall?? Anyway, I love this bee. Always abdomen-up. And fuzzy. And those eyes?

Will be in Whitefish, Montana on Fri, Sat, Sun for the art festival. Come check it out if you’re in the area!

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Still Some California Poppies

Here’s a great leafcutter on a California poppy. They seem to be fading. This is the “abdomen up” bee and I really like its shape and eyes.

Good to be back for a day. Headed up to a Festival in Whitefish, Montana tomorrow. Got to shoot a little yesterday late in the day. Really miss that when I’m on the road – and I can’t seem to figure out how to make time to shoot when I’m in such neat places. Really need to do that. Great sunrise yesterday morning and hadn’t brought a lens that would do it justice. Shaking my head…

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The Lavender is Back!

Just now starting to open. Thought it might be a couple of more weeks. This was admittedly a pretty dark shot (very late evening) so there’s a bunch of noise in it…but… I was so pleased to see a leafcutter on the lavender that I shot anyway. Thinking this site might be nearly as much about chronicling plants in the gardens as it is about the bees. Why not both?

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On the Four-nerve Daisy – Bam-a-lam!

The little sweat bee was moving from flower to flower trying to get some work done. However…that leafcutter was pretty territorial. Kept knocking into anyone who was trying to work on the daisy (also called bitterweed). Didn’t manage to capture a collision, but here’s one getting ready to happen. Kind of annoying in the moment of bee shooting…but interesting to observe. Bee body missile.

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Little Leafcutter on the Black-Eyed Susan

Quick today – apparently I’ve got lots to do with little time…one of the lots is posting today’s bee. So…here ya go. It’s cute enough. Really love the eyes on these. They really have their own look. Actually, it’s a really nice shot.

Low 50s today. Crocuses starting to gain some momentum, but didn’t see any bees in my cursory look. Will look harder tomorrow – with my camera in hand.

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Native Leafcutter on a Sunflower

Selecting a pic for the day in the winter is kind of a crapshoot. In the summer, I try to shoot every day…and I generally have several hundred that might be interesting or worth posting. Hate to admit it, but there are still thousands I have not seen. So…to select, I go to a random folder and click through…looking for one that speaks to me. This one was the first one I clicked on. And I like it lots. Tons of color for a snowy day.

It really is almost spring. 😉

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Twofer – and in Flight

Back to the well. The blanket flower. What a champ for pollinators. This leafcutter (the one in flight) was really giving the bumble a hard time. Kept crashing into it, trying to knock it off the flower. Territorial little thing. The bumble was unmoved, though.

Traveling some to art fairs and shows in September. Check the sidebar (on a big browser – have to scroll to the bottom on a phone) for dates and places and links – or the Festivals and Events page. Some of the stuff that I’ve printed is stunning – especially the large sizes. And if you introduce yourself in person, I might be inclined to be flexible on prices. Plus it would be neat to meet people who frequent this site.

Enjoy these little ones today. I was pleased with how this shot turned out.

(Parenthetically, we broke the 200-day mark a bit more than two weeks ago. That’s a lot of bees!)

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