Saturday, September 15, 2007
september bees

The Dear Bee's (my name for them...) are still coming around and visiting flowers that produce wonderful "juice", here on the hill....It warms my heart that we are still seeing bee's pollinatimg---if indeed, that is what they are doing.I don't know a whole lot about anything, but I do know this: (And it is probably all I actually do know....), these Bees are definitely very happily drinking in, or, chomping up, or, 'supping' away on these Senecio Flowers. Doesn't it look like he has sunglasses on? Except they are on his backside...(lol)...In actuality, these little curly cues are part of the flowers of the Senecio.....Believe it or not, this is the first time I actually realized that the bees like these flowers, too.... I like this picture....And you can see those little curly cues really good! These flowers have some kind of delicious nectar which the bees seem to adore....Below is another photograph of this same bee from a slightly different angle..... I am always amazed at how intent these bees are on the task at hand. They don't seem to pay any attention to me I'm happy to say, because they are just too busy doing their thing.....Here is another one below, caught by my camera as he gets ready to lite on these blossoms.... I love this next picture below because you can see little droplets of nectar on the bees wings....I don't remember ever having seen this before...I'm sure it happens all the time, but I've never captured it before.... There are some more pictures and I will post them next time....For now, I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend....It has cooled down considerably here in Los Angeles and it feels wonderful....




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37 Comments:
had this to say:

Spectacular pictures, Naomi!

Michele sent me here.

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 3:26:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Magnificent photos...as usual. My father was a beekeeper; but for only 42 years. We know bees.

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 6:19:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

These close-ups are amazing. How do you do it?? I need a REAL camera and a house in the hills! :)

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 7:27:00 AM PDT 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

The photograph with the nectar has me buzzing:)I'm constantly amazed at your pictures. Isn't it strange how your bees are different to ours which I believe are smaller. Maybe Paul would know?

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 8:43:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Wonderful pictures, Naomi! Those close up are stunning! Sure, looks like the bee has sunglasses on! LOL!

Have a nice weekend!

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 11:35:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Miss Rebecca and I love the bee with sunglasses on his butt lol.
Emmy day tomorrow, have to go dig out my Aunty Em emmy shirt.
Glad to hear it has cooled down for you too !

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 12:29:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

These pictures are just fantastic- but by now I am not surprised!! :)


Hope you're having a good weekend!


Junie

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 1:43:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

We went to the cactus place today to replace some of the echevaria that died in the heatwave. Saw lots of little bees there! :)
~S

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 2:42:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

P.S. Michele says hello!

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 2:43:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful pictures Naomi -- but I jsut sit here wondering how the heck you get to take them. Astounding!


We have some bushes that get covered with bees --- next time I notice htem I must try to photo them too!

Michele sent me,
N.

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 2:45:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous joy
had this to say:

Great photos once again. What kind of camera have you got? One thing I discovered about bees - they're not camera shy!

joy
Your Love Coach

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 4:17:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! Looks like you got up close and personal with the bees. Very cool!

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 7:11:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I love the curlicues on the flowers, Naomi, and it is great to see the bees in action, since their numbers have dwindled recently. Happy New Year!

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 7:49:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Glad to see you have your beloved bees after your worried post last spring.

Here from Michele

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 7:55:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I love your photos! I have fun as an amateur sleuth trying to figure out where you are and I've picked out a house on Google Earth. The funny thing is I'm probably 100 miles off! (To readers here, it's all in fun. I'm totally benign!)

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 10:44:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Love the photos! Nice to see how everything works out the way it should. I learned last week that the size and shape of hummingbirds' beaks is in direct correlation to the flowers they help pollinate. Quite amazing things.

Michele sent me.

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 10:46:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi! From birds to bees...I see more clearly the designs of inner flower. Great pics. Looking forward to more...

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 12:15:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

OMIGOD - I was impressed by the pictures of hummingbirds, but these easily outclass those.....

What amazing pictures of our much maligned bee.
Brits are irrationally fearful of bees, classing them with wasps. I like bees and like to watch them as they flit from flower to flower.

I 'embiggened' the photo of the bee with nectar on his wings, and you could see the droplets :-)

Michele sent me to say hi this time, but I'm usually hanging around like a devoted fan :-))

cq

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 2:03:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Awesome photos!
I'm so glad to hear it's cooling down out your way. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and stay cool!

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 9:15:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Love these photos like all others you post. These flowers are very unique, they almost look like something we would find underwater for some reason, with the curly q's...they seem to belong in an exotic aquarium or something like that lol...

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 12:51:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Great macro pics Naomi! This is actually taking the story about the birds and the bees to another dimension LoL
Wishing you a great week ahead!

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 1:20:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

hi Michele sent me!

Those are some truly awesome pics!! I especially love the one with the dew on the wings. Lovely! You're a very good photographer :-)

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 5:38:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi, Michele sent me this time...Love the photos! I think it is so cool!!!

Hope you had a great week-end and that it has cooled down a bunch for you!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 5:47:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What gorgeous(!) photographs. I love the one of the the little curlique on his butt.

It's difficult to get pictures of insects so clear, and so close up. What a great job.

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 6:46:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

awesome
but I never expect anything less

p.s. please do send me that e-vite thing again. I somehow deleted it by accident.

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 7:09:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi! We did go to CA Cactus in Pasadena (on Rosemead)! And they are everything you said they are. So nice, so helpful and friendly! We loved wandering around and seeing everything... they actually do seem to have... well, everything!
~S :)

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 7:30:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Always when I see your terrific pictures, I think to myself, "Jamie Dawn! You need a better camera!!"
You really get some wonderful shots.

My brother called me this afternoon. He's been in Virginia playing for a choral workshop and the concert which was last night.
He called me while he was driving to play for something tonight.
He's a busy one that fellow!! He asked about you and I told him I keep in touch with you through your blog and occasionally by email.

I'm going to read your previous post now.

Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 7:39:00 PM PDT 

Blogger mar
had this to say:

Well, you get the busy bees , we get the flies this time of the year!!
Lovely pictures as always. Glad to hear you weather is more pleasant now !

Monday, September 17, 2007 at 12:05:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

These photos are absolutely wonderful. Bees are fascinating creatures and you have captured them magnificently - as ever! I like bees too :)

Thank you for your recent comment on my blog and the others too. I am faring much better now, though the funeral is tomorrow and Jess' death still hangs heavy with me. Getting away was definitely the right thing for me to do though. I do hope you and your friend are okay too. Sending you best wishes from Vienna.

Monday, September 17, 2007 at 12:25:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Just yesterday I was watching a bee on my butterfly bush and thinking I needed to take a picture of it. You beat me to it again! Great shots and I've never seen dew on a bee's wings, probably because I don't get that close. I'm allergic to their stings. We have mostly the type of bees that live in the ground. They look like a cross between a bee and a beetle. They're rather large and slow moving, but they don't sting. I like them just fine.

Monday, September 17, 2007 at 5:39:00 AM PDT 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

Poor Bob-Kat! Have a good week Naomi:)

Monday, September 17, 2007 at 7:38:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I can't help it, but your posts about the bees and flowers are a fav for me - and you put it all into the correct state: sustainability.

Thanks for your sharing of another fantastic voyage in your garden the the important life there.

ps - i'm so eager the read your votes

Monday, September 17, 2007 at 11:32:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

The first couple look almost like they're under water. Another one looks like Dear Bee is levitating.

Wish my hair would curl like that.

Monday, September 17, 2007 at 2:08:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Been waiting ALL day to have an Emmy discussion with you.

James Spader??? Noooo!!
Yay for Jaime Pressly! America Ferrara (but, Ugly Betty is not a comedy to me), & 30 Rock.

Monday, September 17, 2007 at 5:16:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Lyn M
had this to say:

It's a long, long time from May to December but the bees are drinking it all in as if every day is a year in which to capture and sweeten the earth we live on.

Monday, September 17, 2007 at 7:33:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, I just love the life in your garden. You did a great job of capturing the bees doing their deeds.

Monday, September 17, 2007 at 8:55:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Tasty looking flowers. If I was a bee, I'd head right for them!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 8:38:00 AM PDT 

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