This is such a wonderful plant in the fall for pollinators. I’m especially fond of side-shots that show the eye – and on the margin of flowers. This one just sets up perfectly for those shots. Really makes the bee stand out. Love this shot.
I kind of hate that these shots are so small in this bloggy-thing. I’ve resized them to 1000 pixels, but it looks like it displays at only about 600. They look good on a phone I guess… But I wish you could see the full-frame that I see on my monster monitor. Or how they print… Nature is art.
It’s been warmer-ish here lately. Fifties this afternoon. But I’ll be something-ed if I can find out where the bees have gone. Maybe the fruit trees, but not at our place? Lots of activity in the hives, but very little in the yard. Seems like something I’ve noticed before. So… Nothing fresh from today – but a neat one on a sedum again from last fall.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll follow one…figure out where she’s off to.
From Fall of last year. Look at how she’s grabbing the flower with her…what are they? Toes? I’ve seen them pull looser petals off (especially the heavier bees) and fall to the ground and then, after a bit, fly right back. I always imagine the bee thought, “what the…??? Well, back to it!”
Hyacinth tomorrow…or maybe a tulip. Some good shots from today I need to go through. I love spring.
Met several lovely neighbors today (that’s yesterday – Sunday) as I was in the garden and they were out for walks while observing the order to cower in place. Or is it shelter? Anyway, we maintained the appropriate distance between us as we talked and I truly enjoyed the interaction. As we get further into this, I can only imagine that real interaction among people will be all the more necessary and important. I guess I’m suggesting that we still can and should be social (we are social creatures for sure) while respecting what we’ve been asked to do.
This one I like lots because you can see the hair along the edge of her eye – as well as one of the three eyes (ocelli) on the top of her head. She’s an older one (relative term – maybe three or so weeks). You can tell because her wings are kinda chewed up and the hair on her back has mostly rubbed off. But great eye(s), tongue, face, etc. Pretty bee.
Catching a bee in flight with really legit, hair-on-the-eyeballs focus is way more luck than management. But it happens sometimes. It’s kind of a busy shot with that Squill in the foreground and mess elsewhere. That yellow/green spikey thing is called Jenny’s Stonecrop. But I call her Angelina (Sedum (Petrosedum rupestre subsp. rupestre ‘Angelina’)) and I might have a bit of a plant crush on her.
While it does bloom once a year (I’ll find some bee pics on it eventually), it’s mostly a ground cover. And a wonderful one at that. It’s heartier than…well…come up with your own metaphor (and include living on concrete in a pinch), it grows quickly, and keeps most of the weeds out. And it’s nice-looking as it changes color through the season. But one of the best things about it is that it’s not hard to remove if you need to (or if it’s wandered somewhere it does not belong). Not all ground covers behave that way.
Didn’t I just rant about ads on sites? Apparently today’s post was brought to you by Sedum ‘Angelina’. Ha!
And that bee is almost iconic with that full bucket of blue pollen. Pretty girl.
I shot this today, by the way. Loving spring!
Kind of mailing this one in. I think the picture is fantastic. It’s a creamy variant of a sedum – with bee neck, much like the Feb 1 post from this year. Mid-afternoons until the dusk, the honeybees just flock to these. They’re late-season bloomers around here and it’s the honeybees that seem to be the most attracted to them. They’re neat flowers in their own right.
Here’s a honeybee on a sedum (hylotelephium thunderhead). I’ve been told that the out-of-focus area in the lower right is distracting, but I quite like it. Notice her neck. Have you ever seen a bee neck before?