A Rare Salvia Shot

Didn’t have as many salvias around this year in the garden and I’m not sure why. I love them and so do the bees. And they, like the sunflowers (and many others), are products of the bees pollination. Fun to see the colors and even sizes vary from year to year. And they, like many of the others, wander around the garden as they seed and grow and seed and grow.

Great look at her in flight. Love it when I get those sharp shots.

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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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