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kevin 5A nice little clip of a mason bees grooming and feeding herself on lavender in a balcony garden.  Also see videos of mason bees chewing out of their cocoons. Awesome.

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Plums and strawberries

      Plums and strawberries.  Yumm! 

       Fruit depends on a bees visiting flowers  and thus produce these

        luscious fruit.

 

Honey bee on Pineapple mint

Pineapple mint

Mints are very attractive group of plants for bees because it produces lots of nectar. 

The cone like flower structures of the pineapple mint consist of numerous florets that open, starting at the base of the cone.  It takes about 3-4 weeks for all  florets to open.

 

Original photo- This tiny bee is on the center flower.

This photo was enlarged 125% from the original photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the summer months there are a lot of bees out there, but look closely- some of these bees are tiny  (6mm 1/4″ long).

Bonnie, my web master showed me how to crop and enlarge with Adobe.  🙂

I have been having a lot of trouble with focusing on these small bees.  I am using Fujifilm EXR camera.  Yesterday I was playing around with focusing on some text.  I pressed the shutter down half-way, and the camera focused to 2″ away from the subject.  Amazing.  Then I released the shutter- and it focused back to the default.  I did not realize that I should continue pressing the shutter to take the focused picture. I thought it would hold the focus until I partially depressed the shutter again.  But not so.  So now with renewed knowlege, I will see what I can find in the garden today.

Since I expected another sunny day today.  I made sure my flowers were well watered, so they could make nectar for any visiting bee.

I was showing my 9 year old grandson a trick or two about photography this summer.  

A little space goes a long way!

For a long time, photography of flowers were  a mystery to me until I learned that a black or dark background and low angled light (early morning or late evening or winter light) works rather well.  It also works if the background is not distracting and adds to the story.   

A good camera and the right settings help as well of course. 

This yellow Anemone flowers all summer.  This one found a tiny crack between the wall of my carport and asphalt driveway.

The mauve Aster blooms in late summer and insects, in particular bees love it.  If it is watered regularly, nectar is produced, making it a very attractive plant for insects.   Cropping this photo using Adobe would also help, but I have not mastered this yet!

Aster-blooms in August

Aster-blooms in August

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