Sunday, September 11, 2011

Macro Monday: Bee Pollen

We have had some beautiful sunflowers this summer that are a variety of autumn colors. Since they are at one end of our garden and I can't see them often hubby cut some and I arranged them in an aluminum pitcher on my back deck. The bees love them. They are quick little guys darting in and out of the flower centers and hard to capture but I finally got a fairly decent shot.
The black and yellow colors of the sunflower center provide a lot of camouflage for the little bee. Look how full this little guy's pollen sacs are - amazing!
Posted for Macro Monday.

23 comments:

Leora said...

Itty bitty hard working beauty! What I really love are the radiating colored petals on the outer part of the photo.

lotusleaf said...

Wonderful macro shot!

Genie said...

Isn’t it interesting how the bees still come to the sunflowers after we think they have far passed they days of beauty. Love this photo. It is a beautiful macro so filled with detail. Nice work. genie

Karen said...

Bzzzzzzzzzz...love the pollen detail!

Teresa said...

What a bountiful harvest for the little one. The sunflower really is a beautiful color.

Gattina said...

very nice shot ! It has a lot of work !

Stewart M said...

Hi there - bees are great little animals to watch - I managed to get hold of some bees that had come to the end of their days and show them to kids at work - I think they were impressed - but with kids it’s hard to tell!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Carolina Mts said...

We have some that same color. Lovely macro!!

LauraX said...

beautiful capture!

kaye said...

that is an amazing photo Carletta. Have a nice day.

Rose said...

Great capture...sometimes they have so much pollen I wonder how they fly.

Robin said...

Lovely macro Carletta. I love the color of that sunflower, and you're right, the bees sure do like one - I had a devil of a time trying to get a shot of one without a bee in it!

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Ralph said...

We think of sunflowers as an always monochromatic green and yellow all over. Happily for we viewers, there are rubies as well. The bees do work quite hard, and fast, and they are happy to pose for you as they busily gather their pollen. A stunning pose!

EG Wow said...

It's true that you could easily miss a bee in a sunflower if you didn't see it fly in. You captured the light on the bee beautifully!

chubskulit said...

I have seen so many bumble bee this year! Nice shot.

Kim, USA said...

This bee is busy! ^_^

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Kala said...

Fantastic details in this macro Carletta.

forgetmenot said...

Great macro shot. Hard to get when the bee is "flitting" all over the place. Sad to see the end of summer, but it is in sight. Mickie :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wow -- busy fellow! All that pollen from just that one flower do you think? It's great that you have a bee-friendly garden. So important these days.

diane b said...

he is hard at work what a great job in those beautiful blooms.

Dianne said...

this shot is fantastic!!
the bee is so clear and the burst of colors behind him is lovely

well done !

labbie1 said...

I love your header shot. The bee in the sunflower is so interesting! Great shot!

Stephany said...

Look at all the pollen! Love the color of the sunflower.