Monday, September 28, 2009

Bees Busily Buzzing on Blooms

A Series of MORE September Surprises in my garden: Some are bumblebees, others are carpenter bees. They are all pollinators and welcome guests in my yard:

Brazilian Verbena (Verbena Bonariensis):





Dwarf Russian Sage (Perovskia 'Little Spire')

















Bluebeard (Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue')









Hope you enjoyed these macro shots. They were such fun to take, I got carried away!

--Today I am thankful for bees buzzing on blooms;-)



Words and photos by Jan Huston DobleThanks For 2 Day.

52 comments:

  1. They certainly are busy bees, Jan. :) Simply bee-ootiful! (Congrats on your award nomination and good, good luck!)

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  2. love the Bees on the Caryopteris.

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  3. I'm on a bee kick too, but could never take photos like yours! Wonderful to see. Is it still true that the bumblebee makes no aerodynamic sense? Fun when Nature is a mystery like that.

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  4. Looks like bee central.

    What is it about blue and mauve/purple that attracts insects?

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  5. What stunning photos! Thank you for the beautiful post, I can see why you were carried away. Congratulations on your award nomination!

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  6. What amazing photos and delighted to hear your good news.

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  7. wonderful photos, did you have to lie very still to photograph htem?

    What's the blue flower?

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  8. Amazing. Simply amazing. I'm imagining you wearing a bee costume to disguise yourself so you could get closer to the bumbles and honeys.

    Good luck with your Blotanical nomination.

    I'm looking forward to your posts and photos with birds as the subject.

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  9. Jan girl ! These are wonderful pictures of buzzy ? oops ! busy bees : ) .. I have had so many in my garden this year that I am thinking the population is building up again .. they LOVE anise hyssop and Joe Pye weed .. most of everything I have is a magnet to them but we seem to notice more activity for different plants. Terrific pictures girl !
    Joy

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  10. nah...a beautiful bee series. hope you are feeling good jan. i think of you often.
    many hugs to you.

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  11. Fuzzy little bees! They sure stayed busy despite the camera nearby.

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  12. I cannnot resist a pun here. They ain't mis beehaving, these bees around your pretty flowers.
    Rosey

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  13. Ann, the blue flowers are Bluebeard (Caryopteris). I wrote about it 2 posts back-if you're interested.

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  14. Watching the bees work and zooming in on them is great fun, I agree :) It's easy to get carried away. You got some great shots.
    I wish Caryopteris would grow for me. I've planted it twice but it hasn't overwintered. The bees sure do love it!

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  15. Jan what beautiful pictures of the bees on the sage. Oh, dear I think I am going to have to add the Blue Mist or Spirea to my list. The more I see it the more I love its blue flowers.

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  16. Beautiful photos but you're braver than I am. I'm pretty timid when it comes to photographing the bees although I couldn't resist some Liatris that were just loaded with them a while back.
    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such kind comments about my Dad. I really appreciate it! I'm hoping to get back with posting a bit more often now. Although I don't have a clue what it will be about with the flowers dying back.

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  17. Found your blog today and have enjoyed browsing through it. Your pictures are beautiful!

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  18. It's easy to get carried away taking photos of bees. I could watch them for hours. Your macros are great.

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  19. Hi Jan ~~ I love bees. They're so entertaining and so gentle as long as they're not bothered. It's very gratifying to supply food for them.

    Your photos are so cool.

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  20. No wonder we have the saying "busy bees" :-) I love the colour of the Bluebeard.

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  21. Sweet bees. I'm so glad I've learned to love bees instead of being afraid of them stinging me. Your pictures are fun.

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  22. Those are just amazing pictures!

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  23. Fantastic bee shots Jan...beautiful bees on bluebeard! I love all the bees and at this time of years they are plentiful and moving fast. I've never had a honeybee sting me and the carpenters are just all buzz. gail

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  24. Loads of bees. You caught them inn good moments, not easy to do as I well know when I'm out with my little camera. Your blossoms look great.

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  25. You can never take too many bee picture, Jan ... I love them! My garden is buzzing ... thankfully, it's been a good year for bees though I have not seen as many butterflies. Happy Autumn gardening!

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  26. Hi Jan!
    Bees are a blessing and you are a blessing to them for providing so many wonderful blooms for them to feast upon.
    Hope you are feeling better. :)
    ~Karrita

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  27. Great pictures! I just love the Caryopteris, the bees loved it here while it bloomed.

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  28. Beautiful bee pics! I especially like the Carpenter Bee shots -- they make such wonderful subjects.

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  29. Jan, You were as busy as the bees! ;-) I hope you weren't as close as it looked - however, these fellows probably weren't paying much attention to you. Fun photos!!

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  30. Wonderful bee shots, Jan. Thank you for your sweet comment today.

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  31. I've never seen so many bees as this year, Jan. Great photos you've made. Try as I might it's been hard to caputure them with my camera.

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  32. Such wonderful bees - giving us honey and polinate our flowers to fruits. Wonderful blog.
    Just dropping by from Blotanical. Congratulations on your nomination.

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  33. Great photos, Jan! You captured the activity so well.

    Cameron

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  34. Those are so beautiful!!! What lovely, fat bees you have there - obviously they enjoy your Bee Cafe! LOL!

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  35. Beautiful photos Jan. I can't believe Caryopteris is still blooming! I wish mine would continue into the fall like this. They really look like some happy bees, thanks to you.

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  36. Congratulations on your Blotanical win!!!

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  37. Bumble Bees on Blue...perfectly captured!!! Kim

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  38. Hi Jan, you made a BEE-liever out of me.
    Scott

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  39. Congratulations on your Blotanical Win Miss Jan. ~ hugs, Cherry

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  40. Hi Jan! I had to return to offer my congratulations on your Blotanical Award, too!! :-) Yea!

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  41. Isn't it funny how gardeners become so used to being around bees? I used to run like crazy, now I usually just duck!

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  42. Jan,
    Congratulations on your blog win over at Blotanical! WAy to go, you rock!
    Rosey

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  43. Many congrats to you on the best VA blog! We will have to make plans to get together, am heading to SC for a couple days next week, but after that.

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  44. Congrats on your blog award ... well deserved!

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  45. Fantastic shots. I'm jealous, my bees have unfortunately moved on : (

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  46. It's great to see so many bees and pollinators in your yard this late in the season. Fantastic macro pics! Love them! -Jackie

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  47. Oh my gosh Jan. Those are stunning pictures. I got the camera I have now because I wanted to take macro shots. I love what you have captured.

    FlowerLady

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  48. Great Photos Jan! I just did a similar post last week with all the bees working so hard. They are entertaining to watch. Fun post!

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  49. Thank you Jan for stopping by and visiting. Congrats for the award. Your blog is awesome! I will definitely be browsing from time to time.

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  50. I love them all, especially the ones of the bees flying. Fun, fun, fun!

    When you get a chance to answer, could you tell me again how you get your photos the size they are? I used to go change my html to 640 by 420, as someone had told me to do, but the photos didn't show up clear when I did that. I saw today where someone changed a default number, but I couldn't find what they were talking about when I went to try to do it. I'll have to ask them again, too.

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  51. Wonderful pictures Jan! And congratulations on the Blotanical award. With so many followers, you surely deserve it.

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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