Also for Cee’s FOTD
Kate’s Friday Fun: Hiding
Day eleven of Becky’s Square Photo Challenge for October: Kindasquare
Another photograph of the Clivia flower this time with two tiny Stingless native Bees. These bees are between 3-5mm (1/8 to less than 1/4 of an inch). Notice their pollen sacs on their legs as they gather from flower to flower.
Debbie’s Six Word Saturday
I do have a few bees around here so lets celebrate #WorldBeeDay together.
Without bees our world would be so different. Bees are the life blood of our plants, all plants even those that some consider weeds.
This gallery of bees are all photos from over the years. Please enjoy
One of the first bee photos I posted way back in 2013. A Blue-banded Bee zooming around my garden
I have lots of Australian Native Stingless Bees. They are quite small, about 5mm. This one is harvesting pollen from a Bangalow Palm flower that had fallen. Aren’t the pollen sacks full!!
Carpenter Bees love coming around my garden when the Cassia trees are in flower.
Considered a weed, Singapore Daisies are food for bees.
As are Fireweed flowers
One of a lot of peoples favourite photos of a Stingless Native Bee with a Lilli Pilli flower
A Carpenter Bee foraging in a pink Lilli Pilli flower
Stingless native Bees love Crosus flowers too.
Blue-banded Bees and Blue Ginger flowers go together.
Another weed flower that bees love
The herb Basil should always be left when it goes to flower as bees love the flowers.
Zinnia flowers are bee favourites as well
Day Lilliesare great calling cards for bees
When the Pentas are flowering they are irresistible to Teddy Bear Bees
Salvia flowers are always on the bees shopping list
Getting up close with a bee and a Zinnia flower
I love Teddy Bear Bees
Ragtag Daily Prompt Friday: Macro
Stingless Native Bee just cruisin’
Finding pollen in the Bangalow Palm flower
Looking for the next flower
Enjoying a Singapore Daisy
Oh but I love this flower
Sometimes a Blue-banded Bee has to scrunch to fit in a Blue Ginger flower
Hmmmm…..pollen is my favourite
A Blue-banded Bee just buzzing by
Sunshine’s Macro Monday #23
Last Macro Monday I posted an Agapanthus buds. Todays effort is the flowers.
This is the umbels or cluster. Can you see the tiny Stingless Native Bee?
A bonus flower with the Stingless Native Bee
November has been quite a month. I managed to get away for a week and a half, part of October and the beginning of November, to Tasmania where I experienced fresh air, so many different sights and managed to relax. I am still working on a post of my Tasmanian adventure. I have already shared a couple of photos in some of the photo challenges.
Unfortunately I came back to the heavy smoky atmosphere which has made it quite difficult to relax or feel calm. The constant smoke has affected my lungs, a bit of a “smokers cough” and my eyes are quite sore at times. Be assured I am safe and will remain so. I have repacked my car with some of my “treasures” and am ready to go when I have to. I shan’t dwell on this part of my life but there will be touches along the way in This is November.
This isn’t huge but you may like to make yourself comfortable, settle back and let’s go…..
Most of my sunrises are like this through the smoke
I had to get out and see where the fires were to the west. Took a bit of a detour to Cangi. You cross this wooden bridge over the Mann River.
The water levels are quite low. It is still a pretty place to stop and contemplate the world.
I was surprised to see quite a few small fish
There must be bigger fish in the Mann otherwise this Pied Cormorant is just hanging about enjoying the ambience.
I watched the White-faced Heron stalking among the rocks. He did eventually catch a small fish which was quickly gobbled down.
I think he may have followed me home. I saw him sitting in a tree in the garden.
I have a family of Laughing Kookaburras who are around the garden on a regular basis. This fella liked to show his tail feathers off.
The older Kookaburra is showing his age now.
I have an old swimming pool which is a bit of a frog pond. The evaporation is taking the water so the frogs are getting snapped up.
Once lunch has been consumed, it’s off to sit in an old gum tree.
How hot has it been in November?
The young King Parrot liked to sit in the shade of the verandah and let a cool breeze get through his feathers. He also asked for a drink and a snack with an enquiring face.
Some days there was a queue to get a drink and a quick splash at the bird bath. A White-throated Honeyeater makes a King Parrot wait her turn.
The Satin Bowerbird found a water pot on the ground where the Brush Tailed Possums and Wallabies drink.
At my besties place sometimes the bird bath gets quite crowded
Scaly-breasted Lorikeets and Rainbow Lorikeets often squabble over whose turn it is.
The “just out of the bath” is not a good look for a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet.
Meanwhile, a Olive-backed Oriel was keeping an eye on what was going on.
The Crested Pigeon really loved sitting on the shovel handle.
A rare visitor to my besties garden is an Australasian Pipit. He walked among the grasses looking for insects.
I don’t think this Noisy Friarbird wanted his photo taken
There may not be much water around but the dragonflies are flitting about the garden.
I love a close up
One of my pot plants, a Calathea has small delicate flowers.
The bees were everywhere on the Eucalypt flowers down at the river at Cangi.
Another plant my friend Geoff gave me has flowered. a wonderful Day Lily.
The Stingless Native Bees love it too.
Look at the well filled pollen sacs on these tiny bees.
One of the almost daily occurrences are the helicopters going to the nearby Clarence River to fill the water buckets. Sometimes they fly over my house. That is smoke not cloud. The fires are not near my place.
Well the sun is setting so it’s almost time to go.
The solar lights have come on in the garden.
and our Moon is bright overhead.
I hope you had a lovely time wandering through my world. We must do it again sometime.
PS Yesterday the fires jumped the highway and are at Cangi today. This does not bode well for me as westerly winds will eventually send the fire towards my place. Cangi is around 25kms from here. Hopefully that old wooden bridge will be OK. The Rural Fire Service has the fire under control at the moment.
Also included in Su’s The Changing Seasons Do drop by and see the wonderful posts over at Su’s place
Sunshine’s Macro Monday #19