Already December…Yet on an Agastache in August

Just a sweet shot of a little one on an agastache. From August of this year. A bit of pollen on her back and all over her face. This agastache is a beautiful plant, but it’s been miserable to shoot on/at. Because each stalk comes from the ground (it doesn’t branch) and the stalks are pretty tall, it’s vulnerable to flapping in even the mildest breeze. Then, the intervals at which it throws pollen (I guess), are odd so some days (and at some times of the day) there are bees…but often it has none. Finally, the wool carder bees seem to love this particular plant – and they’re very territorial. So when a honeybee manages to land, a wool carder will often knock her off just as I’m acquiring focus. Probably more than you wanted to know. But do know that I’m thrilled when I can get a good shot on this one. I like the plant lots. It’s beautiful and it’s been a nice challenge to shoot at/on it.

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Filthy Face on the Blanket Flower

Got in kind of late yesterday…but still had a bit of time with the camera in the gardens. And this is what I came up with. Don’t know why it delights me so to see the pollen all over…but it does. Such a cute one. And you get a good look at her mandibles, too. As you go through these pics, have a look at where the antennae are. And you’ll notice that they’re all over the place. Got a shot yesterday on a semp with one antenna on each side of a blossom.

But enjoy the pollen today!

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Salvia all Summer!

Like going back to the well for more…and all summer long! The pollen on her face is fantastic. And the background is so much fun in this pic.

Traveling back from the festival in Colorado today. Hope I arrive before the bees turn in for the night. I know I’ll have missed shooting for those days on the road. Often say that I couldn’t pay for therapy that the bees and camera give me. So settling to my soul. Look at the little one on that flower…in that garden…I’m sure the idea will resonate with you.

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Neat Native Face

Pretty sure that this is a sweat bee, but I’m not 100pct on that. I’m entirely sure that it’s a neat shot, though. Look at that pollen all over her.

Hail the day before yesterday – right on schedule after the taller irises opened. Every year. And looks like the hail tore up the petal a little on the right side of this one. Every year.

Low forties overnight here. Very cold all day no bees out in the rain today. May showers bring??? Stream of consciousness yammering, apparently.

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Pollenface in the Lavender

The lavender is still kicking. Getting a little ratty, but the bees are still all over it. Looking like the weather for October might stay okay for bees, too, through the rest of the month. I’m glad.

Love this one’s face – all that pollen – and note the pollen on her back. She’d been somewhere else just before. Great eye and tongue, too.

By the way, this one I shot yesterday. That’s generally the way it is during “bee season” unless I say otherwise (or I’m traveling). Kinda neat, those fresh bees.

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A Bit Hasty Condemning the Liatris

Normally, there’s one primary spot for the liatris around here. And it really didn’t have a good year there. However…it wanders. Either by itself or with help. And a couple of patches have shown up late. And, of course, they’re bee-laden. Such a neat sight. Got some triplebumbles yesterday, but haven’t looked at them yet on the big screen.

So today you get a beautiful, pollen-covered honeybee girl. And she’s darned cute!

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The Blanket Flower Continues to Deliver

These flowers might be my very favorites for bees. Hard to say. Didn’t shoot for long yesterday, but I got some neat stuff on the blanket flowers – natives, bumbles, and some honeybees. Here’s one of those. Love the colors and the shape of the bee.

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