Warm Summer Light on the Russian Sage

I was trying to select a good photo for this morning and had several candidates ready. They’ll show up over the next few days. Just went out to the car to go to the hardware store to get a part for an emergency repair. Was covered with ice so I decided to let the car warm up a bit – and do today’s bee while I waited. The dark and ice and cold and snow…

The light and warmth on this one are a nice counterpoint. Plus she’s so cute! Nice detail, too.

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What a Great Face on the Russian Sage!

I really like their faces. They still confuse me a little because they look so different from different angles. Neat one today, though. Good look at her face and wings. Tongue, too.

2020 has been a hell of a year. If you do anything at all this weekend, please be kind to those in your orbit. Remain mindful of others’ humanity as well as your own. Not a lot we can do about a lot of things, but we can control how we behave – how we treat people.

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Great Russian Sage

Oh, hey – today (through Sunday), I’ll be in Centennial Colorado at The Highlands Garden Center (8080 S Holly Street) from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. – with a whole bunch of neat pictures of bees, birds, flowers, etc.

I love this shot. So often the foreground will be out of focus somewhere or another. But in this one, everything seems to be in the same plane. Fun composition, too. And the tongue – cannot get enough of that!

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Bonus! – Jumping Spider in the Russian Sage

I’ve sure been delinquent in posting these “bonus” shots of other pollinators (or inadvertent pollinators – in this case). Oh, well. Maybe I’ll be less harried in the colder months. Or not…

Enjoy this one. It’s fun to watch them hunt…and jump at other critters.

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Russian Sage and Honeybee – Still Going…

Remarkable to me how much is still in bloom in mid/late October. And how busy the bees still are. The weather is still nice – low 70s maybe again today and tomorrow. And the bees are out until the sun goes down – laying in for winter. Don’t remember if this one is the neighbors’ Russian Sage or in our gardens. Shot both places. Archetypal Autumn shot.

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In Flight – again with the Russian Sage

Only shot bees for two minutes yesterday – from 09:22 until 09:24 according to the pictures. And…all brown-belteds on sunflowers. Think we’re overdosing on those lately. Look for more over the winter. Seems the season.

So…here’s one at work in the Russian Sage. Pretty cute girl, I think!

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Thematic, again – Russian Sage

Here’s a little one in-flight. Lower light so you can barely see the blur of her wings…if at all. Neat what the buds turn in to. So sorry to see them fade, but they’re at their height right now. Perfect, not-so-very-thirsty plant for pollinators. And it self-seeds. And can get a bit interesting after several generations – depending on what’s there for it to cross with. Those bees…

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Profile on a Russian Sage

A couple of years ago, the neighbors to the east of us redid their parking strip. In it, they planted four Russian Sages. It’s become one of my favorite places to shoot because they’re so easy to get to. In some of the deeper gardens in our yard, it’s tough to get in without squashing things… And the Russian Sage is just a magnet for pollinators. Sometimes they just throb and hum with life.

I like the simplicity of the shot. The light was kind of strange yesterday…and I was fiddling with the settings some. I like the result.

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