Nature's Place

Beez …

in the bush.

From the morning glory days, a male I think. Relishing a dose of nectar at the mouth of the mind altering flower.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look …

He took his time enjoying the liquid pleasure. A rare enough visitor, we being surrounded by desert dry gardens.

And more recently, a female I think. Taking a break from collecting pollen for the nest, there’s more to life than young.

And another break, or another bee, on my dry hand. Preening time, best to last a little longer in a wearing world.

Making the most of one native flower in the garden. It’s almost summer conditions here now, not yet though.

Another flower from the local bush, seeds collected and sown for the garden to give life to. She seems to enjoy it.

And all is well … naturally.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look

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  1. Connie Davidson said, on 18/09/2017 at 2:34 pm

    Mark, you definitely have a fan in Kansas USA. Thanks for the hours of wonder that your photos have provided.

  2. Graham said, on 17/09/2017 at 6:32 am

    Hi Mark. The first picture there sure has weird mouth parts…do you know if the are relating to specific flowers?

    • Mark said, on 17/09/2017 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Graham. As far as I know that is just what these bees ‘mouths’ look like and are good for many kinds of flowers. Other bees, like the blue banded bee – https://beingmark.com/2013/02/08/our-beautiful-blue-banded-bee/ – have a proboscis that enables them to sup at some distance so is best for some flowers over others, it can also be used to penetrate a flower from the side which the others can’t do.

      Or scroll down this – https://beingmark.com/?s=bee

      • Graham said, on 17/09/2017 at 1:27 pm

        Thanks, Mark. Interesting as always.

        • Mark said, on 17/09/2017 at 10:25 pm

          No problem. I’m sure much has been written about it all, more than I’ll ever know.

  3. standingoutinmyfield said, on 15/09/2017 at 10:31 am

    Yes!!! I love them!!

    • Mark said, on 15/09/2017 at 5:01 pm

      Good, good … These are presenting for you then. What you love you get.

  4. Teale Britstra said, on 15/09/2017 at 8:38 am

    Great shots as always :-) I think your first bee might be “bubbling”. Essentially, they regurgitate some nectar and allow some of the water content to evaporate, which increases its concentration and allows them to collect more. At least, that’s how I understand it.

    • Mark said, on 15/09/2017 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks Teale.

      I’m sure you’re right, but … He may simply be absorbed in the sense of things, passing through the other …

  5. Lissa said, on 15/09/2017 at 5:12 am

    Beautiful :) I get pleasure from their pleasure. Thank you.

  6. Thought Spark said, on 15/09/2017 at 4:50 am

    Fantastic work Mark. The colours and compositions are flawless.

  7. quietwordsite said, on 15/09/2017 at 4:42 am

    Amazing shots! A whole other world out there that normally passes me by!

    • Mark said, on 15/09/2017 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks Helen.

      Yes, it is easy to overlook this small alien world. Not enough entertainment value when there’s only a snapshot available, and not easy to identify with.


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