Another Day, Another Salvia Shot

Saw some bees out today about noon. Got distracted trying to catch up on things and didn’t get out for a couple of hours. Was warmer, by a degree or two, but cloudy. And they’d all gone in or elsewhere. So today you get another great salvia shot from last week. Maybe some new stuff tomorrow. Not many more days of “new stuff” left this season, sadly. Hoping for a few more. I’ve not shot enough this summer… Fantastic profile on this one. Pretty girl.

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Fun One on the Salvia

I don’t do many vertical shots, but this is what the picture wanted. Two things to notice on this one: First, the pollen on the back is from another flower – those big grains. I’m not sure which one, but it’s surely not the salvia. That tickles me some. Second, she’s an older bee. The workers live about six weeks after they take the job of gathering pollen/nectar (they work in the hive for a bit before that). A couple of ways that you can tell that they’re older are that the hair gets rubbed off the thorax…and the wings start to wear out. This little one is showing signs of both. But she’s still super cute. I like the shot. Shot today, btw.

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In-flight toward the Salvia

Wonderful tongue…and a bit of a wing blur. I probably should have done a broader crop to show more of the flower and gardens. But the bee is so cute…and neat.

Haven’t shot bees for a good while. Almost a week. Missed yesterday because…stuff. Was thrilled to get ten or so minutes today. So enjoy this one. Hoping for more tomorrow.

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Seems Idyllic to Me

Not much to say about this one. You’ve probably noticed by now that I have a thing for depth of focus. This shot just seems so serene. So much like what I’d imagine one of my good shots would look like. Maybe even how I think I see the bees and flowers. I’m not explaining this well. But this one speaks to me.

For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a honeybee on a salvia.

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En Route: Destination Salvia

Current festival: On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (September 4-6), I’ll be in Avon, Colorado in Nottingham Park with my art. Stop by and have a look. Bonus here is that on Monday night, Los Lobos will be playing a free show.

Sometimes it surprises me what shows up in photos and what does not. Good look at her left front wing…and the others just don’t seem to be there much. Shot at 1/1000th of a second which might explain the blur to oblivion. The wings move so fast. And note that the salvias are going still even this late in the season. Wonderful plant for the pollinators.

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Evening Light on a Salvia

Those of you who have been around for a while know that I enjoy the shadows. Not sure where the bee is in this one, but it’s a neat shape – that dark green on the left side. Also pay attention to the antennae. They’re articulated about 1/4 or 1/3 from the base. In this one, she’s got the right one bent and the left one straight – kind of straddling the top of the blossom. Just a good, workbeelike shot of a pretty worker.

Dang, I seldom use politically correct language. But that one seemed to work. As it were.

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Another Bumble on the Same Salvia

I really can’t choose where the bees are in the morning. Another on this tall, light blue salvia. There were a few honey bees at work on the same plant, but the light this morning was so scarce that I couldn’t shoot at a fast enough speed to catch them properly. So…another sleeping bumble. I liked this one because it was on the top of one of the bloom stalks. Great bee…neat picture.

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