Floral Friday Fotos: pink bottle brush flowers

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Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you enjoy my photos, I encourage you to subscribe and receive updates when I post new photos, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

I have shared pictures of red bottle brush flowers before but when I ran into several bottle brush trees that displayed pink flowers a few months ago, I couldn’t resist taking a lot of pictures. There were so many pink bottle brush flowers on the first bush I encountered, they almost looked like Christmas ornaments.

Pink bottle brush flowers in bottle brush tree
Pink bottle brush flowers in bottle brush tree

Can you count how many pink bottle brush flowers are in this picture? Would you believe there were even more before I cropped the picture? That is some happy tree.

Pink bottle brush blooms
Pink bottle brush blooms

Of course, bees are very fond of those bottle brush flowers, so it’s easy to take a picture of the blooms with bees on them.

Bee collecting nectar on pink bottle brush flower
Bee collecting nectar on pink bottle brush flower

You can easily understand from their unusual shape why these were named bottle brush blooms.

Bright pink bottlebrush flowers
Bright pink bottlebrush flowers

By the way, I took this set of pictures last August. I don’t want you to think that we’re getting that many blooms right now. Although, bottle brush bottles seem to have an erratic blooming schedule in San Diego, depending on the fluctuating temperatures. So you really never know what you may see.

Floral Friday Fotos: pink bottle brush flowers
Floral Friday Fotos: pink bottle brush flowers

This last picture features another bee on those pink bottle brush trees. I hope you’ve enjoyed this splash of bright colors on this floral Friday.

Close-up of pink bottle brush flowers
Close-up of pink bottle brush flowers

Macro Monday: the bee fly (bombyliidae)

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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 recently took photos of a number of flowers at a local botanical garden, and bees were busy visiting them for nectar collection. But this flower bush below (don’t ask me what type of bloom it is, I have no idea; but if you know, please tell me!) displayed something a bit different: a bee fly. From the Bombyliidae family,  bee flies are quite larger than your regular house fly and they include many different types of flies. They all collect nectar and pollen and can even be useful pollinators. I’ll tell you, they’re not as pretty as bees but they are awesome when it comes to posing for photographs because they don’t seem to be bothered when you stand close to them. Oh, and another great advantage over bees? They don’t sting.

Some bee flies can be as colorful and as fuzzy as bees. This bee fly just looked more like a very large fly, but since this is the first time I’ve photographed one, I’m not too picky.

Macro Monday: the bee fly (bombyliidae)
Macro Monday: the bee fly (bombyliidae)
Close-up of a bee fly (bombyliidae)
Close-up of a bee fly (bombyliidae)

 

Floral Friday Fotos: Hibiscus blooms

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It seems that every hibiscus tree is in bloom right now in San Diego. Yellow, orange, pink, or red hibiscus flowers are everywhere I look. Here are a few hibiscus blooms to brighten your Friday.

Floral Friday Fotos: Hibiscus blooms
Floral Friday Fotos: Hibiscus blooms

I really like bright yellow hibiscus flowers but I think they look even nicer with a red center.

Red and yellow hibiscus flower
Red and yellow hibiscus flower
Yellow hibiscus with red center
Yellow hibiscus with red center

This last one is probably my favorite, with a bright purple center and a yellow border.

Purple and yellow hibiscus bloom
Purple and yellow hibiscus bloom
Purple and yellow hibiscus flower
Purple and yellow hibiscus flower

 

Floral Friday Fotos: Pink lotus flower

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Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you enjoy my photos, I encourage you to subscribe and receive updates when I post new photos, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

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Going back to our Floral Friday Fotos theme, I found the loveliest pink lotus flower at San Diego’s Balboa Park a few weeks ago. This was the first decent shot I managed to get.

Floral Friday Fotos: pink lotus flower
Floral Friday Fotos: pink lotus flower

After a large tourist family left that side of the pond (it’s a very popular photo souvenir spot at Balboa Park for good reasons), I managed to photograph this pink lotus flower from a better angle. By the way, it was the ONLY pink (or any color) lotus flower in bloom in the whole pond.

Pink lotus flower at San Diego's Balboa Park
Pink lotus flower at San Diego’s Balboa Park

Eventually I managed to get even closer and snap this photo. The sun was hiding behind a few clouds at the time, so it made for a softer light and I really like the results.

Close-up of a pink lotus flower
Close-up of a pink lotus flower

Have you ever seen pink lotus flowers in real life? There are not that easy to find around here. I got lucky last summer when I captured this white lotus flower. Happy Friday!

Macro Monday: bee on a Matilija poppy

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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