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

Macro Monday: bees on lavender flowers

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. 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.

Earlier today I got the chance to photograph very busy bees on large lavender blooms. With our recent (ridiculously) warm weather, we’re starting to see flowers blooming here and there. The bees are loving it and keeping busy collecting nectar and flying from flower to flower. I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of these bees on lavender flowers when I walked out. A lot of them came out blurry but a few of them are nice enough to share here. Enjoy!

Macro Monday: bees on lavender flowers
Macro Monday: bees on lavender flowers
Bee collecting nectar on a lavender bloom
Bee collecting nectar on a lavender bloom
Close-up of a bee on a lavender flower
Close-up of a bee on a lavender flower

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 powder puff flower

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Remember that my 2014 nature photography calendars are available for sale on my online Zazzle store.  All calendars are made to order in the USA so you support the US economy with your purchase, and a starving artist at the same time (me!). I appreciate all referrals through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and of course your blog or website.

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.

With the year-round blooms we get in San Diego, bees are busy every day. We’re lucky to enjoy colorful flower and tree blooms even when winter is approaching, which helps me greatly since it means I can take new photos every week.

Here are a few busy bees on a pink powder puff flower. The many bees on that tree weren’t happy to have me so close to them, so I had to give up after a few minutes, but I managed to get a few decent shots before I left.

Macro Monday: bees on pink powder puff flower
Macro Monday: bees on pink powder puff flower
Macro Monday: bees on pink powder puff bloomMacro Monday: bees on pink powder puff bloom
Macro Monday: bees on pink powder puff bloom
Close-up on a bee on pink powder puff flower
Close-up on a bee on pink powder puff flower

Help me pick photos for my 2014 calendar on bees and bugs

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Today, I’m asking your feedback on photos I’d like to include in my 2014 calendar on bees and bugs. Just tell me which ones you’d really want to see, and which ones I should definitely keep or get rid of. I appreciate your honest feedback.

Remember that everyone who comments on one of my 2014 photo calendar related posts will be entered in a drawing to win one of my calendars (you can pick your favorite theme). The only requirement I have for the winner is to be located within the U.S., mostly because the calendar will contain U.S. holidays and it will be more helpful to that person. For every calendar post that you comment on, you will earn one drawing entry (one entry per blog post, not per comment). I’m planning to give away one calendar to a lucky winner, and possibly another one to the person who comes in second, depending on the number of participants.

You can click on any photo below to open the slideshow and view everything in a larger format. Please include your comments into the post comment section directly, not on individual photos, to make it easier for everyone to see your feedback. Thank you!