Thursday, May 31, 2007
more bees

The other day I was outside talking to my gardener and we were standing by the wonderful plant that produces these fantastic flowers....And, by the way, there have been such an abundance of these flowers this year.....I mean a humongous amount of flowers. It has had probably fifteen hundred to two thousand flowers this year....! I know, incredible, isn't it?

Anyway, the bees love these flowers. And I find that their intention is so strong that they don't even notice me....Which is great because I can snap away with my camera and not worry that they will be more interested in me than in the yumminess awaiting and available to them.... They just get close and then burrow in, like, whatever it is that is in there is absolute heaven....And then they come out for air...and hover a bit.... You can see the pollen on his little legs....Amazing! Then, he goes back to 'burrowing in'....It must really be good stuff in there, I tell you...!
And then, after that....once again, he comes up for air and hovers some more, planning his next move..... To be able to view his world up close like this just thrills me....He didn't care that Seven was sweeping or that I was clicking away....Intention, strong and powerful. In acting, all the good teachers have always talked about 'intention'. 'What is your intention, in this scene?' The point being....If your intention is clear to you, then what you want will be clear to the audience....How true. Intention clear here..... Almost there......Almost Bullseye!Just a hairs breath away from a Bullseye! And then......Oh Yes! He's in. Bullseye!

Another bee, on another day, below....and that abundance of flowers I was talking about....are below, all on top of one stalk.....I am so very happy that we still have bees here in Los Angeles...I know there is tremendous concern about the bees disappearing, and it is very scary to think of the ramafications connected to this disappearance. I am deeply grateful that I have lots of plants in my garden that the bees are attracted to and are coming to, still....I pray that does not change, because if it should, it will mean that much of our ecological balance is or will be completely screwed up....

And one last picture....Here below you can see that this years flower crop on this tall fuzzy plant was just made for the beautiful wonderful bees.....Oh My Goodness....Where to go first?

More To Come......

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Blogger PI
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Naomi: those are such amazing photographe you should have your own flora and fauna programme. The bees obviously trust you which is how it should be. I always remind the bees when they are buzzing round me and the flowers that they are very welcome but no stinging anybody!

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 4:13:00 AM PDT 

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Sorry Blogger ate your post, below. Those are such good bee shots. I wished you were in my photo club here. We would have fun together.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 6:13:00 AM PDT 

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HOLY COW - those are phenomenal pictures!!! I guess you were in a little bit of Heaven taking them! Isn't God's nature just awesome? It really IS! How can ANYone look at those flowers and those bees and think that "just happened"? LOL! It mystifies me! Naomi - you are blessed with SO much talent!!! And I sO appreciate that you share it ALL with us!

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 6:33:00 AM PDT 

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Good Thursday morning Lady ! You take the most amazing pictures !!! Are you moonlighting for National Geographic ???

Those bees and the flowers looked sexual to me in a way... Like a man utterly determined to delve into the sweetness of his woman...

I wonder if menopauase is making me too freudian !

Our ecosystem would be horribly messed up if the bee population continues to dwindle, and then again, look at the state of our oceans, and at global warming.... I shudder to think of how collectively man will have destroyed earth by 2107...

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 9:25:00 AM PDT 

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The plant made me laugh out loud when I saw the whole quirky thing at the end. The close-ups of the bee are so good not only can I see his intention but I think I can see his personality!

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 9:30:00 AM PDT 

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I love to watch bees. And hummingbirds. And other little critters. We put out a hummingbird feeder but turns out, they like my borage better. Of course, I like borage, too. It's so pretty. :)

Link to see my borage.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 9:51:00 AM PDT 

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This is so adorable.... I have seen a big bumblebee so engorged with nectar from a flower that he just seemed to fall asleep in the blossom, all coated with yellow pollen. I think he was actually drunk! ;)

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 10:34:00 AM PDT 

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OMG! Those are the most awesome pics ever! Those bee's are captured so beautifully!

Love the plant, it'd probably live here alright right now. The drought has killed off half the plants I've planted! I wasn't here to water for 5 days. I have dried up sticks where plants were. Good money, sucked up by the dry red clay. Hopefully they will come back!

You've got the coolest garden!

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 12:39:00 PM PDT 

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That first picture is fantastic, Naomi. It's so hard to get a good static picture of a bee hovering like that.

This post might have to be rated a hard R, y'know? LOL

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 1:00:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Lyn M.
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The Intention was clear and perfectly wonderful to see how your camera captured nature at it's most sensational and amazing work.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 3:54:00 PM PDT 

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I love these shots, so glad to see Blogger is beeehaving itself for you today, haha I crack myself up.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 3:55:00 PM PDT 

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Wow! Very cool, Naomi! You did a great job in capturing them!

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 5:34:00 PM PDT 

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Those are amazing photos!! It's like something you see in a nature magazine!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 6:00:00 PM PDT 

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Bees are disappearing in your neck of the woods? Really? Why is that? Your photos are wonderful - great shots. It's a wonder that bee could fly with all that pollen on his legs. Amazing.

I'm here today via Michele, but you know I would have visited you anyway... Enjoy your weekend Naomi.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 8:08:00 PM PDT 

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Suddenly, I have a compelling urge to see Jerry Seinfeld's upcoming Bee Movie.

Your pictures once again amaze, impress and inspire. You have an innate ability to paint scenes of unique worlds. How incredible is that?

As I think of it, only one word comes to mind: very.

Today's my last day at my current company. The new adventure begins on Monday. I was thinking of you today as I continued to gather my things and get ready for that big next step. You of all people will find what I'm up to next to be pretty neat, and I can't wait to share news about it on my blog. Soon...

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 11:27:00 PM PDT 

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that was an amazing series of pictures!!!

Michele sent me.

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 1:55:00 AM PDT 

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These photos are incredible. I just love the ones of the bee hovering just in front of the flower. Incredible! I can just imagine you engrossed in your study of the bees. How satisfying this experience must have been - like a really good meal.

Bees are under threat in the UK too. There is a disease which is wiping them out and also we are being invaded by more agressive foreign bees which kill our docile British species. Very sad.

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 3:58:00 AM PDT 

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Great pix! Our rose "bush" is going crazy this year too. I cut it way back in the winter, in Spring, it shot up to the top of the porch roof and is producing hundreds of flowers. As fast as I cut off the blooms, they are plenty more the next day.

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 5:01:00 AM PDT 

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hmmm, now I've heard of "clover honey".. I wonder if this produces "cactus honey"?? hehe..

excellent bee shots, Naomi!!!

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 5:03:00 AM PDT 

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I'm wordless.
These photo's should go directly into NG. I have never seen anything like it or near it in any nature magazine.

Would like to know what camera you have used here?

Then, I so do agree with you. A world without the bees would be a wolrd we would not like to know. Where will all the flowers and the trees go then?

We usually have lot's of them. That's good for our apples, pears, prunes, and all our berries. But this year, the flowering started very early, before most of the bees were around, so we are very uncertain about the harvest.

To day we hopefully have the last day of "Green Winter" for the season. Really hope so after 5 days of constand raining and temps in the 40ies.

And that cactus of yours with all it's flowers is really a wonder.

Have a splendid weekend.

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 5:06:00 AM PDT 

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Bees freak me out and always have. Can't stand 'em. However, seeing them do what they do best, it's nice to know there are still some bees around, especially after all the reports that our bees are disappearing at a high rate of speed. Nice pics Naomi!

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 7:53:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Ivy
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The plant is kinda weird looking but the pictures are amazing! I wish I had a camera that would do that! Or even take a picture half that quality. LOL

It is really something to be able to catch a bee like that!
Wonderful pictures!

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 10:52:00 AM PDT 

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Fabulous photos, as usual, Naomi. I am glad to see that your bees are still around and active. Those flowers must be nirvana for them!!

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 1:38:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Cin
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Hiya! Michele sent me, and as soon as I got here I realized how long it's since my last visit.

Your photos are wonderful - it's been a while since I stopped to watch a bee in action, and this was the next best thing.

Happy Friday!

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 2:33:00 PM PDT 

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Excellent photos. I am a little afraid of bees...but I love watching them at work.


Friday, June 1, 2007 at 3:35:00 PM PDT 

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Hi Naomi!! I just love your pictures!! It must be hard for any bee to decide just WHICH flower to go into first! It's like he's got his head in there yelling, "Hello, anyone in here???" LOL

Love your pictures!! My camera won't take these wonderful close up shots of things moving. You are great at getting pictures and good pictures at that!!

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 3:55:00 PM PDT 

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There's those awesome bees again! Great going!

Hi. Came by from Michele's tonight.

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 5:23:00 PM PDT 

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They're so alien looking (the cactus flowers). The bees sure love 'em!
(I got the info from E. in the mail today, about A&O ~ thanks Naomi).

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 5:31:00 PM PDT 

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Michelle sent me!

Wow, your pictures are amazing and the flowers aren't anything like what we have here in New England.

I am hoping that the bee population can be bounce back based on the dire predictions if they don't.

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 5:35:00 PM PDT 

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend. :)

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 9:27:00 PM PDT 

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What amazingly clear zoom in pics! Gorgeous! Wish I had that skill and that good a camera!

Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 10:54:00 AM PDT 

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