Saturday, September 23, 2017

Steered Clear . . .

of this very LARGE Bumble Bee

But it probably didn't notice me anyway 

as it enjoyed this bed of Sedum and feasting on the nectar.

Scientific Name: Bombus spp.

What Do Bumblebees Look Like?

Bumblebees are large, fuzzy, very hairy insects that are black and yellow colored or in some species orange or red. Size varies by species but adults may be up to a little over one inch long. They differ from carpenter bees, which have a solid black, shiny and hairless abdomen. Bumblebees have a large structure on their hind legs known as a pollen basket that is often loaded with pollen collected by foraging adults. Female bumblebees have a stinger and a pointed abdomen, while males do not have a stinger and have a rounded abdomen.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Getting Back to Photos . . .

and hoping Fall will inspire me.

On today's menu.

Each leaf plays a note in the symphony of Autumn
---Pepper Blair

Don’t talk to me of solemn days 
    In autumn’s time of splendor, 
Because the sun shows fewer rays, 
    And these grow slant and slender.

Why, it’s the climax of the year,— 
    The highest time of living!— 
Till naturally its bursting cheer 
    Just melts into thanksgiving.

---Paul Laurence Dunbar

from my photo archives

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”
John Burroughs