Silent Sunday

Swamp Pink & Carpenter Bee

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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85 Responses to Silent Sunday

  1. Karen Lang says:

    Spring is here ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  2. Anne says:

    Such a positive sign that nature is following its right sequence.

  3. jenanita01 says:

    Wonderful image, Eliza…

  4. derrycats says:

    Wonderful shot. Great timing!

  5. neihtn2012 says:

    Beautiful colors and subjects!

  6. Medicine for my Soul. Thank you, Eliza! Gorgeous!! ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹

  7. A perfect pink. I bet it smells divine. Just got to look out for bees whilst sniffing!

  8. Beautiful colors and capture!๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Alice Pratt says:

    Elegant flowers and hard working Bumble.

  10. Val Boyko says:

    What a treat. Thank you Eliza ๐Ÿ

  11. Treah Pichette says:

    Unfortunately, that isn’t a bumblebee, but a large carpenter bee. We have huge populations of them this spring with no bumblebees in sight yet. Carpenters do pollinate, but I miss my bumble & honeybees. I saw 2 apple trees yesterday covered with full-open flowers & not one bee anywhere. It was truly frightening to me….. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks for the ID, I didn’t look closely enough!
      It is truly alarming to see so few bees where there used to be dozens. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • Alice Pratt says:

      I thought you could tell Carpenter Bees by their ‘shiny backs’…how could you tell? On a blooming Andromeda, I thought we had lots & lots of Bumbles. We have 2 Honey Bee hives, for the 2nd year, and I have lots & lots of flowers & veggies that get pollinated by the sweeties.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I’m no bee expert, but the shiny black lower abdomen is usually what I go by and a ‘bald’ spot on the thorax. Also when they fly around the porch and wood shed, and make those holes!

      • Treah Pichette says:

        Carpenter bees are generally larger than bumblebees, have that big shiny black abdomen & a fuzzy thorax with one black spot in the center (which you can see in the photo). They do make holes in wood in which to lay their egg, but they don’t actually “eat” wood, so they aren’t really destructive. They eat & provide pollen for their larvae, & I read they don’t generally use the same hole again so don’t make large caverns in your house like carpenter ants do.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Thanks for adding that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Jewels says:

    Beautiful, Eliza! Or should I be cliche and say… bee-utiful!? Either way, this is a lovely capture! ๐ŸŒธ

  13. How beautiful! โค

  14. So very lovely. I can almost hear the bee buzzing

  15. Great contrast! Beautiful photo!

  16. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    A beautiful capture Eliza, I love seeing the bees again ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ

  17. Good to see you still have bees working the gorgeous flowers!!

  18. Irene says:

    Perfect shot for a Silent Sunday. No words needed. โค๏ธ

  19. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Beautiful flower and bee

  20. naturebackin says:

    Not a plant I have seen before, so I looked it up and see it is native to the U.S. It looks lovely with the added bonus of being scented too. Nice to see the large pollinator too.

  21. tippysmom2 says:

    Great capture! I love nature close-ups.

  22. Widdershins says:

    Bee-utiful! ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. Wonderful spring shot that certainly doesn’t need words. Hope you’ve been enjoying some ‘work’ weather before the rain arrives again this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Judy. I really have been enjoying being out in the good air and getting things done – so satisfying, and getting a good night sleep is a boon!

  24. I saw a comment that said that it is a carpenter bee. I noticed I had one making holes in my arbor, but I thought it looked just like a bumblebee. Regardless, it is a beautiful shot and catch. I love seeing photos of bees!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cindy. Carpenter bees are important pollinators and because they evolved to excavate holes in trees in which to lay their eggs, they’ve adapted to drill holes in wooden structures, making them very unpopular with humans. My husband has discovered their holes are uniform and has a supply of corks that fit the holes perfectly. A little paint and voila!

  25. Perfect capture! Wow !

  26. Kris P says:

    What a pretty picture!

  27. Kathy Sturr says:

    Love the bumbles! Heading to Paradise North tomorrow Eliza. Hopefully nice weather awaits! Love the cover photo of epimedium, too!

  28. map195 says:

    beautiful flower’s

  29. Wonderful capture … ‘Beauty and the Bee’.

  30. Adele Brand says:

    Beautiful. Isn’t it lovely to see the wild world waking up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. - ElyGioia - says:

    Beautiful ๐Ÿ‘ ๐ŸŒน

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  33. Robert says:

    Great capture!

  34. dylan says:

    awesome action shot. bzzzzzzz

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