Monday, July 16, 2012
Cosmos Honey Bee
A Honey Bee on a cosmos flower at a beautiful spot in Carmel Valley.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
She really looked like she was concentrating on her work.
She paid no attention to me.
I guess those smaller flowers are kind of tough.
You've got to hover or find a place to stand while you work.
Don't have time to deal with pesky photographers.
So the milkweed is what the Monarch caterpillars eat which makes the Monarch Butterflies poisonous to most predators. It contains Glycosides, like Foxglove which is used to make Digitalis, a heart medication. So I'm not sure I would want to try that honey. Hopefully it is just the leaves and stem that have the Glycosides in them.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Honey Bee on the Horizon
We are always looking for more butterfly food. Our passion flowers are their favorites. After I was already working on framing this shot the bee buzzed in. I love it when that happens. She did not stay around long but it was a really nice addition to the photo!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Cone Flower Bee
Don't you just hate it when you're working and someone keeps looking
over your shoulder. Don't they know you have a lot of pollen and nectar
to collect!? Lucky for me, she did not feel that way.
I spent some time hanging out at one of my favorite photo spots. A little nursery near Gelson's on state street. They are always very friendly when I'm wandering around with my camera. They seem to attract a lot of butterfly and bee activity there, I can only assume since they are out in the middle of a parking lot without much other greenery around.
I really like the cone flowers there. This is not my first bee on a purple cone flower shot from there.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Cleared for Landing
Sometimes I have to chase them forever to get the shot I want. But this one was very cooperative. I got quite a few nice shots It's always nice to work with good models.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Whenever we go to the Monterey area we like to stop at the nurseries in Carmel Valley. We've found some really different plants there. And of course there are always plenty of bees and hummers to chase.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
So I wonder how Echinacea Honey would taste?
It still amazes me how fuzzy honey bees are if you look close. I guess that's why I like chasing them around with my camera so much. It is nearly impossible to see at this size but there are actually furs between the segments of her eyes.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Well I usually like to try to get a variety of shots on the site, but I have been experimenting with my macro lenses lately and bees are my favorite macro subject. Unfortunately, they seem to be most active around here in the really REALLY hot part of the day. It was actually more work than you would think to get this shot.
Friday, July 20, 2007
I went out today with the intent to try out my new
memory card for my camera. I wanted to fill it up once quick to make sure it
was working well. I can't think of a faster way to burn a
roll of film (or fill up a memory card) than finding some
beautiful flowers covered in bees.
I really liked a lot of the shots I took, but this one stood out. I love the background colors, and the bee is absolutely fuzzy!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Pollen Covered Minus One Second
This shot was taken less than a second before last Thursday's
photo of the day, and is in response to the feedback on that
No doubt there was too much pollen in her eye! She had to stop to rub it.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Well she wants you to think she has been working hard.
But actually she just got done raiding a bag of Doritos.
The hummers have been elusive this week, but the bees have sure put on a show to make up for it!
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Well my description was not quite as scientific as I usually like... "Big Black Bee!" But it's late and I was not able to track her down. I did have fun taking pictures of her though! Her copper colored wings were reflecting the evening sun beautifully! I was trying to get a shot that really hilted the wings and their amazing structure but this ended up being my favorite.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Cup of Gold Nectar
Kind of like The Hound when she gets
into her food "Face First".
This bee was very cooperative. She spent a lot of time on each blossom. I guess she wanted to make sure she did not miss anything.
This was the only flower on the plant that had the cool "crumpled" look. All of the other flowers were more cup-like. Fitting, since their name in Spanish (Copa de Oro) means "Cup of Gold."
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
It looks like there's gonna be a fight!
Actually, they got along really well and shared the flower. At one point there was even a third bee.
I have been known to chase bees, but in this case I was drawn to this scene by the same thing they were. There are a lot of beautiful roses out there but the yellow/red variegated varieties are my favorites!
Friday, August 18, 2006
In case you were wondering what the flower looked like that
caught my attention in yesterday's photo.
(I know it was just keeping you awake all night! :0)
This is about 6" further up.
And the bee? Well, she was nice enough to fly in right after
I was done finishing up with yesterday's subject!
I actually got quite a few interesting shots of the bee working on these flowers. I picked this one because it shows her wings so nicely.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
The bees have been wild this year. And, as I have yet to be stung, they are still one of my favorite subjects. Actually, I love photographing flowers and the bees add some life.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
It is really interesting to me to see the motion
in this shot. The bee is actually leaning into
the turn like a bike rider.
I was framing up the shot of the flower when the bee flew in from the left. She made a beautiful arc into the photo and I hit the shutter release as many times as I could!
Monday, July 10, 2006
Today, when we took The Hound for her afternoon walk we bumped into one of our neighbors. She was working in her garden like she does almost every day. Part of her garden was particularly attractive to the bees, so I took the opportunity to get a few bee portraits.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
The sun came out today!!! Not something that would normally
be such a surprise in California, but this year you have to
take it one day at a time.
In honor of our beautiful sunny day we decided to take a bit of a rose garden tour. We went to the Mission rose garden and the rose garden at Fess Parker's Resort on Cabrillo.
This was one of my favorite roses of the day. I was actually taking pictures of it before the bee flew into the picture. She was quite the ham! She hovered all around in front of the rose for me.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Honey Bee Hovering
This was actually from a Hound walk from a couple of weeks ago. I try not to chase too many bees while she is with me, but this guy was really showing off right beside the sidewalk.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
This image was one shot before yesterday's photo of the day.
It was a good walk with the hound. Maybe because it has finally warmed up a little during the day. (Personally I liked the snow! But I am not conscious early enough in the morning to go play in it before it melts :)