Monday, May 21, 2007
bees

This is one of the many many bees that were having a lovely snack on this Euphorbia the other day....The plant was overloaded with beautiful little yellow flowers which were wide open at that particular moment in time.... These flowers are very very small....each flower is no bigger than a large pinhead....So, when the bees come, they are all over these very beautiful yellow necter filled cups..... And then below, you can see three of these buzzers just supping away all at the same time.... I guess you might say these flowers attracted a mini swarm...lol.....here below is one as he was buried in the necter...... I kept snapping away, taking picture after picture, and hoping to catch as many of these bees having their afternoon snack as possible.... I think I did pretty well...but the bees made it really really easy...there were so very many of them..... And though one might say it was a feast for them...it was, to my way of thinking, a true feast for me, too..... And there were more..... And more..... And then two more bees, having their fill, so to speak..... And then a few days later...the flowers are almost closed up and the bees are not swarming anymore..... Nothing like being in the right place at the right time.....




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36 Comments:
had this to say:

What wonderful photos Naomi... You're close ups are amazing. And you're right, nothing like being in the right place at the right time. Don't you love it when that happens?

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 3:57:00 AM PDT 

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Here from Michele's today :).

What a great series of pictures; I especially loved how you ended with the pic without the bees.

You were pretty brave to get close to all those bees. I guess they were busy, but still . . .I especially love the photo where you've actually caught the bee in the air and the wings of the bee in motion.

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 3:59:00 AM PDT 

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Hi. I love bees. Nice shots. Very nice. My dad was a beekeeper for many, many years.

Re: Jerry Falwell. No offense taken. I'm pretty sure that few, if any, people agreed with me. That's ok. I was NOT a fan of his myself. So, again, no offense taken. Thanks for stopping by, and please stop in again.

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 4:14:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
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What wonderful photos of your hard working friends! Bees play a vital role in keeping our plants genetically healthy. "I think that I shall never see, a q-tip (used to artificially pollinate) as lovely as a bee." (lol).

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 4:41:00 AM PDT 

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when I was little I would pick some clover flowers and put them in a jar.. then I would catch honeybees with a jar and put them in there. There were holes in the metal top so they wouldn't suffocate... I'd watch them for a while and then set them free...
I thought all of this just from seeing your honey bee photo's! Fantastic as always !!

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 6:04:00 AM PDT 

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You are lucky to have so many bees. We had some kind of virus that killed a lot of our bees here and surrounding states. The local papers have had to run articles begging people not to kill any honey bees, etc. in their yards- not to confuse them with wasps and hornets. We have to have bees and many of our local honey producers have no bounty this year. It is sad.

I love your pictures!

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 6:37:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
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Good Morn, OL, thanks for sharing the bee's It is a little scarry, around here as a lot of the local bee's are missing althgether from their hives, and it is at this point unclear as to why. For us its very important that they are here my husband is a vegtable grower, and with out bee's he would not have a very good year, as well as the delightful, honey, they produce, and its a commodity, that sells very well in our parts of this country. YOu know the life cycle. AS well as my husband feeds, deer, rabbits, woodchucks, racoons,rodents, and various birds, with what he plants as well, we have now fenced in about and acre and 1/2 to keep some of our dinner guests out until invited:)NYS.

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 6:55:00 AM PDT 

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Wonderful photos :) I had taken a couple of bee photos myself, but I'm always afraid of being stung (having been stung by a wasp many years ago).

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 7:33:00 AM PDT 

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They are just feasting while the feasting is good.
I like to jump at the chance for a good feast myself.
You captured some good shots of those busy bees.

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 11:12:00 AM PDT 

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A feast for the bees and for our eyes, Naomi. I'd say both you and the bees were in the right place at the right time!

Michele sent me this afternoon.

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 11:43:00 AM PDT 

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Great nature shot, Naomi! This is absolutely wonderful and the colors makes it special. I agree with Anita, you were very brave to get so close to all those bees!

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 11:48:00 AM PDT 

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What beautiful macro picture - colorful and in rich details! The best story about (the birds and) the bees I've seen for long:-)

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 12:59:00 PM PDT 

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I like bees.... Bumble bees are my favourites though... Do you get the big fat guys over there?

I've never been afraid of them - nor wasps. They usually leve you alone if you leave them alone... Though wasps do seem always to be in a bad temper...! [grin]. Best to give them room and respect!

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 1:27:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

As always...wonderful photos, Naomi. You amaze me!

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 2:32:00 PM PDT 

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I hate bees. I have bee catchers everywhere in my yard. I know they have a purpose, but I still hate them. Poor buggers. I'll send them your way from now on!

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 5:21:00 PM PDT 

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What fantastic pictures, it looks so warm and sunny too. We are having fires at night it is definitely heading into winter here :)
Hope you have had a great week, how is the Emmy mail coming along ?

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 6:07:00 PM PDT 

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Bees are fascinating little buggers aren't they? :-). I really get a kick out of watching the big ole bumble bees we have around here. They follow me around buzzing in my face watching everything I do. They remind me of a dog or cat....
Well except the bees fly of course *giggles*.
Lovely photos:-).
Have a great evening!

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 8:10:00 PM PDT 

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The honey bees out here seem very docile to me. I kinda like 'em. They're everywhere in our yard too.
They love the lantanas and the daisies.

Great photos!
~S :)

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 10:13:00 PM PDT 

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yeah, you too was there, at the bee feast at the very right time. I'm really happy you did not drink all that nectar, else we would have missed the splendid pictures you so kindly have spread to the world.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 4:51:00 AM PDT 

Blogger mar
had this to say:

Those bees surely look busy! I have to take a look at our neighbors' euphorbia :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 5:40:00 AM PDT 

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I love bees when they're going about their business, like they are in this picture. Beautiful pictures, as always. :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 7:05:00 AM PDT 

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I'm getting pollinated myself over at my place.

I've been very concerned about the reports that the bees are disappearing and dying in large numbers.

I love all the yellow color here, like rich honey!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 7:32:00 AM PDT 

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Good Tuesday morning Lady !
How are you feeling today ?
Beautfiul capturing of the bees feeding and he flowers blooming ! You were brave to get so close to the bees ! I have been reading something about the bee population being coniderably less this year tan last, and it causing concern to the farmers, who need them for pollination.
Clearly, that isn't an issue in your garden !
Blessings to you --

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 7:41:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Great photos, as always! :)

Btw, I posted a photo update on my dove hatchlings I know you'll enjoy... see you around!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 1:23:00 PM PDT 

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How lovely to see more photo's of your garden visitors. :) Those pics are wonderful. The bees look fantastic on the yellow of the flowers. I am glad you were in the right pace at the right time.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 1:30:00 PM PDT 

Blogger TLP
had this to say:

Wow, you've got bees! Here in the east they are disappearing. Honest!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 1:53:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Lyn M.
had this to say:

Your lovely little yellow Euphorbia plants have put the bees in a state of euphoria. They found a perfect place to polinate your beautiful garden.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 2:11:00 PM PDT 

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Great photos! Love how close you got to the bees!! You have some of the best nature shots!!

Stop by and see my adventures in NYC!! I had a blast! :)

Have a wonderful week my friend!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 2:20:00 PM PDT 

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Thank you Naomi, for your visit to Imagens! I am glad you like the photos and I am so proud with your nice compliments to Fernando! Thank you!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 3:02:00 PM PDT 

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Hi Naomi! Great pictures of the bees busy at work! Those are bight colorful flowers even if they are tiny. Even tiny the bees will find them!

I have blue salvia and the bees love it. Hope you are having a great week!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 6:13:00 PM PDT 

Blogger jac
had this to say:

i always love the photos you post and these are no exception. the flowers and the images of the bees doing their job are absolutely poetic.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 8:31:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What stunning photos, Naomi. Once again, you've managed to capture a slice of nature perfectly.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 6:09:00 AM PDT 

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Don't you just love the lines and colors in the last shot?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 6:20:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

That euphorbia just LOOKS like the kind of flower bees would love! But I guess they got what they came for and moved on! This year you're lucky to have bees! There's a shortage you know!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 3:14:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Bees are beautiful but they scare me!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 5:01:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Could be soon that you have wonderful pics of a truly endangered species.

They're beautiful!

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 2:02:00 PM PDT 

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