How about a whole Flickr photo page dedicated to awesome up close shots of bees and other insects?
“From Anne Arundel County, in Maryland, this is one of but a few Andrena that come out in the Fall. Brooke Alexander was the photographer.” -Sam Droege
Check out the Flickr page of the USGS Bee Monitoring and Inventory Lab moderated by Sam Droege. For some up close looks of many types of bees including bumblebees, honeybees, and those that can be found in our National Parks or Puerto Rico this is the place. There is even a whole album of bee heads, an insect identifiers paradise.
This is one of those things that you happen upon and say “I can’t believe this exists.” and then, “I’m so glad this exists.”
This last week I took a trip to Quarry Hill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen. Quarry Hill is a world renowned Asian themed garden that was all started from wild seed. It’s a great and unique collection. This is a slideshow of my photos from the trip. Lots of macro shots.
The landscape is coming alive! Color is creeping back into the world around us. Feeling down? Seriously, just take a look around for a second.
Let’s see what is in bloom this week, the second week of March:
1. Mustard Flower
Accenting the green hills with bright yellow.
2. Cherry Blossoms!
3. This interesting ‘weed’ seen on the Bodega cliffs
Please leave a comment if you know what this is.
4. California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica)Showing their strength
5. Tea Tree (Leptospermum scoparium)
Ansel Adam Photographed in 1953.
It can be seen in Hitchcock’s film The Birds, and is located next to the school house featured in the film.
Roman Catholic, built 1859.
A California Historic Landmark. http://www.sonoma-county.org/points/misc_donald_laird.htm