More of the ‘mums

This time, it’s a full-frame shot (no crop). The depth of focus really gets thin when I get that close. But it’s a fun shot. Maybe the bud in the lower left is a bit distracting…and maybe I should have cut off some of the left side for the sake of balance. But it’s mostly about the bee. And it’s a great shot of her. Go ‘mums!! (I guess…)

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On a Chrysanthemum Streak

Spell checker tried to change that word to misanthrope. It might know more than I. Snow dusting this morning. Won’t be long before I will have had the last bee day. Maybe it’s happened already.

Here’s another on a ‘mum. Neat shot. Neat colors. Neat depth. Maybe they’re not so bad…

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On a Photogenic ‘mum

I’m really not sure why I’m not a fan of chrysanthemums. They’re really quite pretty when they’re at their peak. Maybe because they don’t bloom for very long and look pretty bad on the way out? Nah, irises are worse that way and I love them. Anyway, I guess I’m an antimumite. But I do like this pic. Both the flower and bee are nearly perfect. And the next shot (bonus) is nice, too. Both shot yesterday, btw.

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It’s About the ‘mums Again…

And a little dark for some reason. This is such a compelling shot, but it looks dark on this monitor. And I don’t want to mess with it much. Guess I’ll see how it looks on a phone. Was shot in the shade. It’s really busy, but the bee is fantastic. And the ‘mums and the rest of the green and background are fun. Printed it and it looks good if not too out-of-focus busy in the lower right corner. Too much info there. Just enjoy the bee. She’s really fantastic.

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Bonus: Jumping on a ‘mum

Cute little jumping spider on a chrysanthemum. If you look close, you can see some ‘mum pollen on a strand of spider web – there just to the left of the spider. These critters fascinate me. As I was shooting (and I only had a few seconds before the spider got nervous), three bees landed on the flower, must have noticed the spider, and skedaddled. (Never knew how that word was spelled, but spell check did.)

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Messy ‘mums

Got a few minutes with the bees today. Been very cold and not many are out. I suspect they’ll be heading for the almond groves in California soon. Been raining, too, off and on and that seems to discourage them. Seems like about fifty degrees is the threshold for much activity, tho there are outliers.

Got a few on this particular ‘mum. Lots with tongue. Might see a few more of those shots over the winter. The chrysanthemums aren’t one of my favorite flowers. They seem to feed the flies more than the bees. And they tend to look nasty as they age (see upper right). Some flowers do it so gracefully…others, not so much. It’s late. And I yammer. But she’s cute!

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Hunt’s Bumble on Maybe a ‘mum

I think. Still with beadhead. This polar vortex storm is making a mess here in the rockies. Eight or ten inches of snow, but lots more has fallen (and melted). And it’s still snowing strong. Those poor crocuses in the vanguard. They’re pretty hearty, but they’re probably wondering what’s happened to spring. So have I. However…it’s been the driest winter that I can remember (but that’s not a great metric) and we need the moisture.

It’s one of those things…you know it’s good, but it’s sure seems lousy when it’s happening. Something about perspective. When the reservoirs are full and I see the water on the garden this summer, maybe I’ll remember this morning and think a little. Probably a lesson in there somewhere… Ha!

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Late – Profile in the Orange ‘mums

Apologies for being late (in the day) with this one. Been knocked down with a cold and a little unmotivated/rough.

Great detail on this one. ‘mums are not my favorite flower, but the color is really neat in this one. As is the detail on the bee. Wings are great and I especially like the look of her back leg – the hairs used to create the pollen basket (when she gets to it). Smiling and wistful as I look at the photo before I post it. Going out every day with my camera is so therapeutic for me…need to get after the birds soon. Need that for my soul.

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