Spring…finally!

Spring in Northern California has finally arrived, albeit after abnormally high rainfall and cool temperatures. For this month, I offer a few photos from our Habitat. 

A closeup of bottlebrush buds before they bloom…

Bottlebrush in bloom–a bee favorite…

Pineapple Guava blooms are about the size of a quarter when opened…

Love in the Mist…

Love in the Mist seed pod…

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Climb any Mountain (Sunflower)

This will be the last bee photo—for this year.

Many of the sunflowers have turned to seed and it is now time for the birds to begin their feast. 

I included this bee photo for the detail of the legs and feet. The bee looks ever so much like a mountain climber. To the bee, I suppose the sunflower is a climbing challenge…

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The Bee’s Yellow Leggings

My earlier bee photos caught them sampling the local verbena.  These two photos document their appearance after they have spent some time checking out our sunflower forest.  This also means that it is later in the day. Therefore, I was not able to get as “close” as I did with the verbena photos. Bees are a tad camera shy.

The yellow pollen quickly builds up, making them looking ever so much as if they were cast members or clowns in a Cirque du Soleil performance…

Pollen from “head to toe” and back again…