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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bees and their Blooms


Overnight we jumped right into spring. The temperatures soared to 78 degrees today with sunshine and big puffy white clouds against a bright blue sky. It made me rather euphoric. The pollinators were eager too. Happily visiting all the blooms in my garden.



It was almost perfect except for the gusts of wind which temporarily blew the bees in swarms out of the tree. Only to quickly return and get back to the business at hand...pollination.


It made it difficult for them to hang on to their blooms but somehow they found a way. I had an even more difficult time photographing them with so much constant movement from the bees and the wind. Mere seconds of opportunity to take the shots before they were swooped away.


The bees really made the most of the day. Working those blooms and packing on the pollen.




What a perfectly, wonderful day!

22 comments:

  1. Świetnie sobie dałaś radę z pszczołami i zrobiłaś ciekawe zdjęcia, Dla mnie ostatnie jest nr 1. Pozdrawiam.*** You gave great advice from the bees and did interesting photos, for me the latter is No. 1 Yours.

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  2. Such lovely pictures! The Honeybees are out in force here too, working the Winter Honeysuckle and all of the low-growing flowers.

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    1. Thanks! I am not use to seeing the bees out already in February but I noticed some earlier in the week too. I guess spring is almost here!

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  3. That second shot of the bee in the Camellia is just gorgeous! Have only seen a couple bees here in SC so far..they were on the flowers at Lowe's.

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  4. Beautiful close ups. Can't wait for spring to come to Massachusetts, too!

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  5. Beautiful photos! I haven't really noticed any bees here yet, but I did have a butterfly fly past my window the other day!

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  6. Karin how great is that....we have 30s and rain probably snow...soon though spring will be with all of us...

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  7. It does seem like spring arrived almost overnight! I hate the wind that's come with it, though. Great pics.

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  8. How good is this ... a beautiful post!

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  9. Mmmm, I'm imagining the scent must be incredible! And your macros are amazing. Sounds like it was a wonderful day! I wish I was there instead of here!

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  10. Bee-utiful images, Karin. Nice closeups of the little worker.

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  11. Very nice macro photos, especially I like the last one.

    Regards and best wishes

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  12. Incredible photos!!! It's still too early for bees here but I did see a little yellowish butterfly the other day. I hope it didn't freeze over night.

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    1. I find it fascinating that some butterflies are out before the bees!

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  13. 78 degrees! My mercy, how wonderful! :) Happy spring to you.

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  14. I'm jealous of your warm weather and sunshine! The last photo is lovely - nectar heaven!

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  15. Karin,
    Just found your blog, I loved these photos! We are beekeepers and camellia lovers so this post really brings us home. Today our Crimson Candles camellia is opening, one of my top favorites. I have seen bees on camellias in 41 degree temps here.

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    1. Thanks Randy! So glad that you stopped by to visit. It is always great to connect to fellow SE gardeners. I look forward to learning more from you about bees and bee keeping!

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  16. Ha, that's funny you should bring up how hard it must be for them to hang on to the flowers while gathering the nectar. I was wondering the same thing yesterday as they buzzed around the redbud tree. This time of year is just so fascinating! Lovely shots!

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  17. Our temperatures were warm as well, and although I saw some insects, I did not see any pollinators. I look forward to seeing them. You amazing photos bring spring closer for me...

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  18. Hi Karin, It is miserable and snowing here. How your images make me wish it was spring! Your header shot today is amazing BTW. It looks like a watercolor artwork. I want to be the bee in your last shot with my nose right in a blossom, smelling the sweet fragrance of spring.

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