On the Blue Salvia

Mind kind of blank this morning. But I like the shapes in this one. From the iris leaves to the seedheads of something – to the bee and salvia working together to do what they do.

One of my personal mantras is that life is a process, not an event (or, really, a series of only tangentially related events…if that makes any sense). But every day I post the merest fraction of a second. Add up all the posts of the last week and it’s barely over 1/100th of a second. Extrapolating the math over the course of a year and I will have only shown you not even seven tenths of a second’s worth of bees. And that almost seems unfair to the bee and the flower and all else. And of course it is how pictures work – and it is the only way to to see the detail. I get that. But sometimes focusing too much on detail distracts. Think process some, too.

Wow. Didn’t mean to go there. Maybe I was better off with a blank mind đŸ˜‰

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Gorgeous Honeybee on the Salvia

I wish I liked all the pics I post here as well as I like this one. So many neat elements. I’ve seen so so many on salvias, but this one shows so well how she goes after it with her tongue. Great eye, too. And face.

Strikes me as I type how complex the bee is – then the hive – then the ecosystem is in which they operate. Such balance and equilibrium – and always self-correcting. Nudges here and there, maintaing balance. Could all be a bunch of yammering and confirmation bias about what I need to see in my own world right now…but there are lessons in observing (and thinking about) bees.

Or, as the Bard said:
…  tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything…

As I like it!

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September Salvia

Neat composition on this one and I am so taken by how they get into the salvias. Seems that part (is it the stamen or pistil?) often comes up over her face.

Pretty cold here. Looks like only the ‘mums and the fall crocuses were the only ones who survived that hard freeze. Saw a hoverfly on the ‘mums yesterday, but didn’t have my camera. I’ll have a look this afternoon. Stinks to not have anything to shoot…

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Salvias – in Flight

I like the wing and the pollen baskets on this one. Really too busy to be a very good shot, but sometimes that’s the nature of things. That dark red mess in the lower right is a fall ‘mum in the shade. Seems late afternoon is the best time for bees lately (warmest), but the shadows are long. That said, yesterday was probably the last good bee day of the season. Was in the low 70s, but today it will be in the 50s…and looks to be that way (and colder) from here on out. What a great fall it’s been, though, for weather.

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In Flight and in the Wind

Really windy yesterday while I was trying to shoot. So I didn’t spend much time with it. Caught this one in flight, though. Everything seems to be fading. Still 70 degrees, though, today (I hope). So another day, at least, of warmish weather.

Next weekend (Fri-Sun), I’ll be in Centennial, Colorado at the Holiday Art Market. Stop by if you are in the area to see some of these critters in better detail. Neat art.

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Hangin’ on the Salvia

One of those that keeps on going all through the summer and into the fall. Pretty drought tolerant, too. Just hearty. Love the different shades that show up on them, too. Blues to pinks to purples and everything in between. This one looks like she’s saluting. Also get a good look at the hairs on her back leg used for storing pollen. If she’s got hairy back legs, she’s a bee (called a pollen basket – or corbicula). Good way to differentiate between bees and wasps.

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A Bit Backlit on the Salvia

Been shooting in the late afternoon some this week trying to get some backlit shots in which the body transluces. Not having the best of success and that effect really didn’t come off on this one – but it’s a nice shot in its own right. I especially like the detail on the eye and the tongue.

The salvia is fading now…getting late in the season. Thinking hard about year-round bees. Maybe a trip to the almond orchards in the winter to visit?

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Late Season Salvia

Such a super little one on a super flower. This one just keeps going. Which one – the bee or the flower? Seems both. Was shooting at an odd angle, some into the sun – so her body is translucing. Great tongue, wing, eye, antennae, face…and the salvia is gorgeous, too. Even the background’s fun in this one. Love the purples in it. The beauty in nature thrills me.

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