|'Honeymoon Deep Red' foreground,|
'Midnight Marvel' background
|'Honeymoon Deep Red'|
You don't need to listen to me spout the marvels of ‘Centennial Spirit’, you need merely to follow the bees to see which red plant they prefer. 'Midnight Marvel', as bright and beautiful as she is, is a sterile wasteland for other life, while 'Centennial Spirit' buzzes with activity. Bumblebees, smaller bees, and other insects are all over 'Centennial Spirit' in a frenzy, moving quickly from crinkled blossom to blossom, fighting each other to see who gets to the pollen first. To the eye of Mother Nature, there is no contest for which is the better garden plant. Look closely to the photograph at the right; see the "sweat bee" hovering nearby, waiting for the gluttonous bumblebee to move over?
my earlier pictures of bees on my roses. On roses, bumblebees loiter, crawling over and over the pistils, collecting pollen from a wide area. On this crape myrtle, it was almost like the plant was too "hot," the bees dropping onto a blossom briefly, but off again often before I could zoom in and focus. At times like these, I'm thankful most of my photos these days are spontaneous and taken on a nimble iPhone; quick-to-focus and with a fast "shutter" speed, almost, but not quite, able to freeze the motion of even a bee's wing. But sometimes, just occasionally, and with lots of luck and patience, there comes a photograph worthy of framing. Don't you agree? I think I'll title this one Chub-bee in Red Lace. Get it?