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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Better Late than Never!

So here's the buzz. Mere hours after I published my "B for Bergamot" post for ABC Wednesday, BW and I took the dogs for a hike. I, of course, took my camera, on account of you just never know. And this time while we were amongst the fields of blooming bergamot, we were joined by a big, fuzzy bumblebee. I've tried and tried in years past to get a single good photo of a bee on a wildflower, to no avail. Until now! When I got not one, but several!

Doesn't that just figure? These would have been perfect on my ABC Bergamot post, and I thought about adding one to it, but I was, ahem... too bzzzzy! :-) Besides, I had gotten enough good photos that I thought they deserved a post of their own. So here it finally is (click on pics to enlarge)...

Arrivals, Concourse Bee ;-)


Check out his little feet, grasping the petals


BW really wanted me to include this video, even though except for a wiggly-butted bee balancing precariously on a flower and enjoying his nectar smoothie, not much happens. Until the very end, when you'll want your speakers turned up to catch all the excitement ;-) ...

LOL, what a spazzzzz!

He seemed to be getting full at this point,
so instead of flying to the next flower,
he just reached over and grabbed the adjacent one!

A good look at his big, black eyes

And finally...

Departures, Concourse Bee


  1. Love the pictures, Laurie! You're right, too. Better late than never. :)

    It says "this video is private" when I click on the play thing, though....:o

  2. What a great photo op, such wonderful detail. I don't think I've seen that type of bee before. I got the 'private video' thing too! Hmmm! :o)

  3. Molly & Barbara ~ I'm glad you enjoyed the photos! A thousand pardons about the video, I've changed it to public so you shouldn't have a problem now.

    I wish I knew what type of bumblebee that is, Barbara, but the last time I tried to ID a bee (ever the poet, lol), I got overwhelmed!

  4. Words do not suffice....just wow.

  5. Marvelous photos! Great work. Anytime i try to capture insects they come out all blurry. You really got some amazing shots of this little guy...he was lovin' the camera I think. I love the one where he was feeling a bit lazy about flying to the other flower; he works smarter, not harder!

    I agree, better late than never...bees and bergamot are welcome any time! You should frame these in a would be a fantastic item to adorn your walls.

    The video is cute too; the certainly bumbles at the end!


  6. Aw, I love the video! That end made me laugh. He was so quiet, then bam! lol

  7. WOW! Those photos are amazing! I was beyond impressed with the first one and then they just continued to be amazing!

  8. Yay!! I hope it was worth the wait to finally catch one. They often don't settle in at one place. They're finiky gliding from one blossom to the next.

  9. Laloofah -- first of all I really like wild Bergamot. Another name I know it by is Bee Balm. I guess it is balm for the bumble bees as I see from your photos and video -- all of which I enjoyed. -- barbara

  10. Oh wow. Amazing shots. And your bee is quite different to ours. When the weather warms and ours are out and about I will try and get a shot for comparison. From a distance - I swell up in a spectacular way if I have the luck(?) to be stung. My smaller portion got a bee sting in his adam's apple whilst riding his bike and just pulled it out, leaving a tiny weeny red mark.

    BTW - you are right about the amazing similarities we share. And I have always wanted a sister too.

  11. veganelder ~ Glad you enjoyed them!

    Rose ~ Blurry is usually how all my insect photos come out - either that, or by the time I snap the picture the bug (usually a bee) has either moved to the other side of the flower or taken off. This little guy was far more cooperative, and only a couple of the 8 gazillion photos I took of him came out blurry. :-)

    The one of him straddling the two flowers is one of my favorites too, and I love your idea of framing these in a series. They'd look great in our "purple" guest room (decorated in lilacs, violets and irises - bergamot needs to be represented too!) And he sure does bumble at the end of the video! :-D

    Molly ~ Your "film review" is perfect! lol!

    Eva ~ Thank you! I thought the same thing, which is why (yet again) I couldn't bring myself to post just one or two of them!

    Daphne ~ Thank you!

  12. Sue ~ Well, it was sure worth it to me (it was fun, actually!), hope it was worth it to you, since you're one of my blog followers. ;-) You're right, bees do tend to be fast eaters who quickly flit from bloom to bloom, which is another reason I've had trouble getting good photos. This guy was that way at first, but whether it was the heat or he finally found a menu to his liking, he finally began to park himself for at least a minute or two on each flower, giving me ample opportunity for some good photos. And my camera really came through - it can have trouble with these micro shots (the ones of him in flight are the only ones I had to crop!)

    Barbara (KY) ~ Oh, me too! I don't know if you saw my original bergamot post from last week's "ABC Wednesday," but if not, go take a peek! As a fellow bergamot fan, I think you'll enjoy it. I think most people know this flower as Bee Balm (and I used that name for it in my other post too because of that, but also because the more times I used words starting with "B," the more satisfied I felt. LOL) It must act on bees like catnip does on cats, because he was acting pretty stoned there near the end, and I think that may explain his bumbling takeoff in the video! :-)

    Ellie Child ;-) ~ Thanks! And I'd love to see your Aussie bee! :-) But yes, as you say, definitely captured from a distance. That's quite a reaction you get to bee stings. (Guess you wouldn't want to try bee sting therapy for MS! Yeah, me neither, and I don't even have reactions like you do.) ;-) Your smaller portion's bee sting may not have resulted in much, but that location sounds really painful to me!

    I know, I'm pretty impressed with the list of similarities so far, and I have a feeling as time goes on we'll uncover more! Wonder how we ended up on opposite sides of the world? :-)

  13. Bee-utiful ;-). You've been a busy blogger of late and I can't keep up with you. You ARE putting some of your best pics in print some day soon aren't you? You seem to have the knack for snapping the right pic at the right time ;-). Later, Tater. xoxoxo

  14. Meant to say, Penny says the flower that must not be named is actually a chrysanthemum! (Damn, I said it...)

  15. Spudly ~ I'm Beeholden to you for saying so. ;-) I know, I've been on a blogging tear of late! Doing memes three days in a row every week has built up some freakish momentum, plus I just keep taking photos that I feel compelled to share. :-)

    Thanks for your compliment about my photos and my timing! Believe me, for every photo that's blog-worthy, at least 10 are discarded. A big reason I love digital cameras! :-)

    Barbara ~ I saw that Penny had posted that on your blog, but I'd rather keep calling it an English Daisy or The Flower That Must Not Be Named. Both are much so much easier to spell than chrysanthemum! :-) Of course none of that gets you out of your Tower of London punishment for having uttered the name. See you at Traitor's Gate... ;-)

  16. P.S. Spudly ~ Hey, I just noticed you have an avatar now! Is that you holding Kavi?

  17.'s me ;-) It was taken last Summer at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary not too far from here.

  18. Time? for two posts today - I'm MAKING time.

    As I scrolled past this one before, it didn't seem all that exciting so I was pleasantly surprised about the detail and the great shots you got and how interesting it was! (If you scroll fast through food posts or posts of your miniatures - apparently you get more of a feel of what you'll see later! LOL!!)

    First of all, you always crack me up with your clever captions and the "arrivals" and "departure" captions were fantastic.

    The details in your photos was phenomenal - I loved the slurp one but my favorite was the one where he reached over to just grab a nibble at the adjacent flower. That was a hoot.

    Thanks for a fun lunch break!

  19. Jo ~ I'm glad you and our bee friend enjoyed a nice lunch together! :-)

    LOL - how dare you say that any post of mine not "seem all that exciting." I'll have you know that every one of my posts is exhilarating and electrifying, even if at first glance one may just look like a lot of photos of a bug on a flower. ;-) Actually, some of my posts are more "meh" than others, but this one I was very excited about, so I'm glad you came back and gave it a closer look and that you enjoyed it! And I have to admit that I rather tickled myself with the Concourse Bee business. :-)

    I watched the bee do that "reach over and grab the next flower" thing two different times, but wasn't quick enough to get a photo the first time. So I was glad to capture that funny little technique of his the second time! That crop of bergamot really must have felt like an all-you-can-eat buffet, and he had it all to himself! (He just had to put up with the annoying photographer, like I had to while slurping my Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's! LOL!


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