Macro Monday: bee on a Matilija poppy

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

The large white poppy with a yellow center featured below is called a Matilija poppy, more technically Romneya coulteri. This giant white poppy is a native flower of California. I saw these two poppies at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and not in the middle of nature, where it’s probably too dry for these flowers to easily bloom with our ongoing drought. The bees seemed to really like them and they let me take their pictures without a fuss. Enjoy these few macros of bees on white poppies!

Macro Monday: bee on a Matilija poppy
Macro Monday: bee on a Matilija poppy

 

Bee flying in front of a white poppy (Matilija poppy)
Bee flying in front of a white poppy (Matilija poppy)

Check out the huge bags full of pollen on this bee’s legs. That’s quite a busy bee!

Bee on a Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri)
Bee on a Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri)

I wonder what honey made with these Matilija poppies would taste like, but these flowers really attracted the bees.

Close-up of a bee collecting nectar on a giant white poppy with yellow center
Close-up of a bee collecting nectar on a giant white poppy with yellow center

Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge: Buzz

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Today I’m taking part in Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge. This week’s theme is “buzz”. I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

Bees are the first thing I think about when I hear “buzz”. Enjoy my selection of busy bees, hard at work collecting nectar. Some of them are so good at collecting it, they store it in bags on their legs. I also love how bees get covered with pollen – nature’s most perfect pollinators.

Bee on a wild rose
Bee on a wild rose
Bee on cactus blooms
Bee on cactus blooms
Bee on the pear blossoms at San Diego Balboa Park
Bee on the pear blossoms at San Diego Balboa Park
Bee collecting nectar inside bags
Bee collecting nectar inside bags
Bee on pink flower
Bee on pink flower
Red bottle brush flower with bee
Red bottle brush flower with bee
Bee with nectar bags
Bee with nectar bags
Close-up on a bee on pink powder puff flower
Close-up on a bee on pink powder puff flower

Macro Monday: bees on pink flowers

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view.

If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

I love photographing bees as they’re collecting nectar off the many flowers we have here in San Diego. These pink flowers were actually blooms on a large bush last summer. I think I will add the first photo as a potential choice for my animal theme 2014 photo calendar. I love that hue of pink!

Macro Monday: bee on pink flower
Macro Monday: bee on pink flower

Here’s another bee dunking its head into the center of the flower.

Bee collecting nectar on pink flower
Bee collecting nectar on pink flower