The pictures are amazing. On 1 I couldn't even see the bees until I enlarged it. My favorite pictures, however, are the 2 with bees in flight. I cannot figure out how you get those pictures (like the hummingbirds in flight) and you aren't even a professional!
Naomi, You find beauty every time you point that camera. I was married to a lady who always took time to "smell the roses". You bring back wonderful memories. Thank you.
Re above I think professionals are born - not made and Naomi is certainly a professional, in so many ways.
Back to the bees; we had a TV programme the other day listing the function of bees to mankind and how without them, life as we know it wouldn't exist and we would probably all starve.
So it is a great comfort to know that bees are alive and well and having a ball in Naomi's garden.xox
I am most happy that you have such a great camera that you need not be close to the bee's. (just in case).. you take the most fabulous photo's Naomi!
you wanted to know, so...here's the link to my post on Buddy Ebsen's book:
What an amazing flower stalk! It looks just like candy floss. Nature never ceases to amaze in it's infinite different types of flower. I love that such an unassuming looking plant can sprout forth such an amazing stalk covered in tiny blooms. Your photos as ever, are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them as I have never seen this type of bloom before.
These plants remind me of various corals I've seen while snorkeling and diving.
Thanks for the botany lesson!
I agree, the beautiful flower could very well be one of the corals in our reefs. It would be classified as a SPS (small polyp stoney. I find this absolutely wonderful. Isn't nature wonderful?
I love the pictures of your succulents. Thanks for sharing them.
They are wonderful photos!
Just popped back to say I have something for you over at my blog :) I know you're feelings about blog awards but I wanted to include you as of all the bloggers I have met you qualify the most and I wanted to pay you the compliment :)
I've never seen anything like that, how extraordinary. (I think the bees don't live long...)
Amazing before and after shots, Naomi! What a treat. I have never seen anything like "the stalk" (and it does look like you got too close to those bees!).
These are definitely more beautiful when you click to enlarge. Thanks for sharing!
Those are freaky! Ha!
I've been traveling round your blog a bit. Wonderful photos of flowers and beautiful homes and amazing women.
I loved the photo of you as a child on the little balcony. And the photos from the lunch and birthday, what gorgeous, accomplished women.
thanks for coming by my blog, I'm so glad you did.
Hi Naomi! I meant "freaky" in a cool way! You know how much Gord and I love cacti and succulents. I'm envious that you are able to have such cool plants in your garden ... they'd never last here in Toronto.
plain and simply: BEAUTIFUL. in more ways than one.
These are so great... and that's about as close as I'll get to a bee!! I'm glad to know you were using a zoom. Bees freak me out.
Not because I'm allergic, but because I worked for an allergist back in the 70s and helped him do research on people who died from beestings and the stories were horrible!! I've never been stung, so I'm convinced that if I am, I'm going to blow up like a balloon or have a heart attack. Crazy, I know!
Glad to reconnect with you. I've been a bad blogger this summer...
They do look out of this world! :) Great photos!
Stunning photos (as usual). I love Dasylirium. And glad to see so many happy, busy bees too!
Your macros reminds me of Starfish. But Starfish with bees around? That's another Planet - Right?
Have a brilliant Sunday
btw. We have a very pleasant time here with Renny and Diane. Excellent companionship, food, sightseeings, swimming and Sunshine (86 F)
You have become an amazingly good macro photographer Naomi. Looking at these pics, the flowers seams to stand right in front of me - thanks for sharing with an interesting story too. I love to dig into your garden you know :-)
The blooms on those 'fingers' are simply beautiful aren't they? No wonder the bees are attracted to them - all that colour and pollen... Before they bloom it really looks like coral.
Thanks for sharing Naomi.
Hi Naomi. You must feel wonderful capturing those pictures of busy buzzing bees around the unusual fragrant and sweet blooms. This is the first time I see this variety of cactus plant...Do have a good week ahead.
The bees ar so important to us, Naomi. We need them and the changes in the environment with global warming and all the pollution aren't hospitable to them.
More great pics from your camera, Naomi!
If I didn't look at the bees, I could imagine that this flower could be an underwater piece of coral, or the waving arms of a sea anenome of some kind... interesting thought, that something that lives above the water can so closely resemble something that lives below the water.
PS I posted pics of Callum today... yes... I know... all new Nana's do that, and it does get tedious looking at other people's children, but he's such a sweetie I just had to tell you!!!
These finger like stalks on the cactus plant that produce such beautiful flowers just once each year remind of the story of the Thorn Bird. There was an interesting story here this week on the news about a home owner who discovered his trees harbored thousands of bees and since he had no desire to keep them, he offered them to any bee keeper who wanted them. We need the bees for our survival so it's comforting to know they have found a new home.
It is so good to see you have bees. Newsweek just recently had another article on US bees being critically changing. They are disappearing. So I am happy to see some living safely in your wonderful garden! We have a few hear this year in the clover. I've been trying extra hard not to step on one. Not just for the sting but to not kill it. They say ice cream production is really hurting. You forget how important the little things are. Now wasps and hornets. Those I don't like at all.
You have the most interesting variety of plants and animals in your backyard of anyone I know. You're so fortunate.
i tell ya - i have never seen such unique pictures of plants, taken in ones own backyard, like you post!
it's always an adventure to visit your blog! you never fail to surprise & delight! :o)
The patience of you capturing all these shots from beginning to the end that's wonderful :D
Really like how you show the developing sequence of these flowers -- really fascinating. Yes, we better hope the bees continue to exist.
i'm lovin the bees!
Hi Naomi, loved those pictures! All them are so amazing! Your garden is trully gorgeous!
Thanks for your visiting and nice comment about my antique pieces. Sure, they all bring me nice memories!
Once again, some amazing pictures! One thing that continues to surprise me is the scale of some of the plants and flowers you have. If we had something like this in the UK it might be somehow less than a half of the size. I was genuinely surprised when I saw the scale of the bees!
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