Russian Sage with a Sleeping Leafcutter

More on the neighbors’ Russian Sage. I remember this morning. This little leafcutter was just immobile. Troubling because sometimes the bee has just given up the ghost (or been stung or otherwise damaged). This one, however, was just resting before the sun crested the mountain. And I got a number of good shots. So much easier when they’re holding still ;). Love the eye…and the colors on this little one. And, of course, the Russian Sage is just made for interesting bokeh.

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Just Another on the Russian Sage

Pretty typical honeybee on the Russian Sage. Looking at this, I thought, “there’s nothing very special about this shot”. And then I realized that “nothing special” here is quite a thing. Something this lovely and detailed (talking about the bee and the blossoms) and glorious is somewhat “meh” to me…makes me realize how fortunate I am to think this pedestrian. And I’m not talking about the photography itself – but nature. Intricate, beautiful, timeless nature. What a thrilling thing to be in a world where this is every day.

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Laden Bumble in Flight

Pretty neat shot. I like that you can see so many of the legs hanging down…as well as the tongue split and the antennae. Wings, too. Lots going on in this pic and lots I don’t often see on one in flight. That is, of course, Russian Sage. If you’re looking for a plant that’s not very thirsty, blooms for most of the season (early summer until the frost), and attracts all manner of pollinators, Russian Sage fits the bill. They’re really fantastic. And really bulletproof-hearty.

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Longhorn on the Russian Sage

This is a super-neat picture. Love the eye and the antennae spread like that. One of my favorites of the year.

In other news, I got to shoot accidentally yesterday. I went to Harbor Freight but arrived before it opened. On the sidewalk in front of the store, a little merlin (falcon – larger than a kestrel but smaller than a peregrine) had taken down a pigeon and was busy disassembling it. Good luck that I had a camera in the car, but it had a 100mm (bee) lens on it. She let me get within about six feet of her as she fed (moved incrementally) and I got some neat shots. Well, if dinnertime for a falcon is neat (and it is). Felt good to click again after some fallow time.

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Hunt’s in Flight with Strange Light

This one sort of speaks for itself. It’s a great shot of the bee either approaching or departing. Look at that tongue! And just about everything else… Sometime I get lucky. The light, though, is fairly wonky. The bee isn’t.

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Hunt’s Bumble on the Russian Sage

Still too cold for bees…and might not warm up again. So here’s a sweet shot from earlier this summer of a Bombus Huntii on the russian sage. The colors in this one are neat…as is the bee itself. Been a few days since I posted a bumble.

Have been kind of dreading this transition…from fresh shots to ones from the summer. That said, there are thousands and thousands to choose from just from this year alone. So it’s more about how I feel with the summer ending rather than needing content. Enjoy.

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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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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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