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Remember that song “Where have all the flowers gone”?  Many people have a bee in their bonnets and are asking “Where have all the Honey Bees gone?”

We have seen far fewer this summer at the lake, but here are some bits and pieces, not exactly the bee’s knees, but they may cause a little buzz, along with some floral bookends.

This lovely plant grows extensively along the trail to the lagoon, behind our bay on Lake Winnipeg. I enjoy seeing how the individual flowers bloom, when they are ready, along the central stalk. I was pleased with this little image even though the flower stem is isolated from the rest of the plant in this frame.

 

Smartweed persicaria bicornis

Smartweed persicaria bicornis    

Below is a closer view of the structure. If you look closely you will see something is hiding behind the flowers

Smartweed persicaria bicornis

Smartweed persicaria bicornis

Smartweed persicaria bicornis with bee

Smartweed persicaria bicornis with bee

Aha, Mr B I see. This worker was having a wonderful time collecting nectar for the gang.

Below are some close-up encounters with Honey the Bee not Eric the Half-a-Bee.  Unfortunately this is the best I could do with depth of field with the cameras and lenses I have.  I used the Sony, hand-held.  The lens actually touched the bee a couple of times.  It had been cold over night so the bees may be slowing down.  It doesn’t, however, seem to have slowed down the wasp families.

(click on an image for a larger view)

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

The bee's knees

The bee’s knees

Wings and legs

Wings and legs

I quite like these bee parts. Did you know bees had Mediterranean style legs and such clear, iridescent wings?

And to finish a close-up of my favourite annual at the lake – the Portulaca.  Unfortunately they had all been severely beaten down by a very sudden and violent rain-storm.

After the rain - portulaca

After the rain – Portulaca

And that’s all the buzz for this time.

 

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