Fuzzy bumble bee with pollen-powdered face clings to a nodding red sunflower.
Bumble bee is dwarfed by the big sunflower whose pollen it will carry. The plant, part of a church garden, was well over 8 feet tall. At its feet, mint, basil, nasturtium and tomato plants.
While scouting images for the Weekly Photo Challenge, caught this bee making her rounds. Did not catch her best side, however.
Better known as butterfly weed, this native Arkansan was making its home in the filtered light understory on the south side of our ridge, not far from one of the deer paths.
The blues aren’t the only colors in the urban-wildlife interface. Plenty of ways to see red (and reddish).
This chrysanthemum surprises every year with both spring and fall blooms. A bumble bee stays busy working the thousands of blossoms on the mountain, including this wild blackberry flower. This year we seem to be seeing more honeybees and bumble bees. This Carolina wren takes a break from parenting. It has built a nest in the deck’s propane heater.