These irises have only just come into flower in the last day or two. I love them not only for their vivid purple colour, but for their amazing array of shapes and markings. I noticed that they have little, if any, scent, yet bees find their way quickly and unerringly to the centre of each bloom. Do they navigate by those markings, I wonder?It's kind to share!
Thursday saw the brief return of summer. In the sensory garden at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, bees of all kinds were taking advantage of this. I’m sorry that I can’t give you the scent of all the flowers and plants: buddleia, rosemary, lavender, box, many more…It's kind to share!
Yesterday (Saturday) gave me the chance to escape into the countryside, where the warm weather had brought these little creatures out in force!
High light levels make it easier to photograph them, as it is then possible to use a fast shutter setting and a small aperture; depth of field – the distance zone which will be in focus – is mush shallower at these close focusing settings.
You’ll notice these two bees were happy to share one flower; maybe humans have a bit to learn!
I got this shot on one of our recent sunny days. It looks as if there will be raspberries this year, which is good. Many thanks to all my little winged furry friends, who were going at it like, well… bees’ wings. As they say!It's kind to share!
The short passage which follows is in response to the ‘100 word challenge’ here, where you can find links to the other responses. The content is entirely fictitious and does not relate to any specific places or people known to me. However, the benefit described is, in principle, a real one.
Since the changeover to organic farming methods at Haynesbury Farm, there has been a steady increase in demand for the excellent range of meat products and speciality baked goods produced there. And now, the discontinuation of the use of chemical crop sprays has yielded a further benefit – a noticeable increase in the abundance of wild flowers in the pasture fields. The Jackson family, who own this farm, have now added a further three hives of bees to to the two they already kept, to take advantage of this welcome change. The honey already produced is proving extremely popular with customers.It's kind to share!