Silent Sunday – Garden Friends

My blogging buddy, Alice Pratt, took this video of a sweat bee covered in sticky pollen
after it visited a morning glory.
You can see why they call them POLLINATORS!

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95 Responses to Silent Sunday – Garden Friends

  1. Wow! I’m assuming those are pollen grains on that second little guy.

  2. Dee Min says:

    Nature in action!!! Lovely share Eliza!!

  3. Anne says:

    Both are interesting perspectives of gardening friends.

  4. Karen Lang says:

    Amazing 👏👏👏🤗

  5. Rupali says:

    Lovely angle.

  6. Look at the state of him! lovely capture, though…

  7. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Fabulous. And what a colour it is. Nature is amazing

  8. Aw, great photo and video. I’m not sure how those little guys fly with their load of pollen, but they do and I’m grateful. I can’t believe we’re heading into August.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Judy. I wonder if it itches?! 😉
      I’m thinking where did July go? Definitely headed on the down slope of summer now, though we have to get through the heat of the next two weeks before it settles down again to more bearable temps. I’m not wishing the days away though!

  9. shoreacres says:

    It’s interesting how similar grains of sand and grains of pollen can appear. The pollen is stickier, though!

  10. Maria says:

    Lovely gardening friends!

  11. Alice says:

    Precious pollen and some of the little creatures that disperse it.

  12. neihtn2012 says:

    Both photo and video are amazing! Thank you for sharing them.

  13. You bet! Also, fantastic photo of the bee and the sunflower. Looks like the bee is scaling the flower.

  14. Dale says:

    Your photo is exquisite and your buddy’s video superb!!

  15. Great bee shot! They are (to me) surprisingly difficult to take a picture of.

  16. Your friend’s video was amazing, revealing the little bits of pollen! I love the bee on the sunflower, what a great angle from the side.

  17. Jewels says:

    Beautiful capture of a little bumble on the face of that sunflower, Eliza. Have a wonderful Sunday! 🌻

  18. maryjane678 says:

    Hi Eliza. Fantastic photo and video. Who needs to watch TV??

  19. derrycats says:

    The video of the bee is quite amazing. Thanks for sharing that.

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  21. Adele Brand says:

    Amazing video! To think of all the grains of pollen that are being transported around the world any one moment. Astounding.

  22. Incredible photo and video.

  23. Isha says:

    Wow! How interesting 🌻

  24. I love your photo of the insect (?fly) with the bright color in the background. And seeing nature’s intricate working at play in the video is amazing. One almost wonders if the weight of the pollen will impair lift-off.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Tanja. The first photo is a bumblebee on a sunflower taken in my garden and the video taken by a friend is a sweat bee busy in a morning glory. One does wonder how they get themselves so covered with pollen!

      • Thank you for letting me know, Eliza. My insect ID skills are sorely lacking. I would not have taken the first for a bumblebee, as ours look different. But, as I just found out, there are at least 250 different species, so I won’t feel quite so bad.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Yes, don’t feel badly, we have several different species of bumblebees and I only know ‘big’ and ‘smaller’ 😉 And forget IDing the smaller solitary bees … there are hundreds that look similar to me.

  25. Tina says:

    Great photo and that video is wonderful! I just love to see pollinators covered with pollen!

  26. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    A glorious capture of the bee Eliza, thank you so much for sharing! 💛

  27. Nice to see Alice’s video of the sweat bee in action. My boneset was covered with them yesterday.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Steve. I loved seeing all the pollen grains sticking all over it. It’s been a good year here for bees and butterflies, I’m happy to report.

      • Lot of bees here too although not as many butterflies as I would like to see. We’ve had our share of monarchs and finally a few cats. Eastern Swallowtails and an as yet unidentified skipper. Some small frits and a pearl crescent. And, of course, loads of cabbage whites. Hopefully more to come.

  28. Debbie says:

    That first bee looks like he’s wearing a fuzzy jacket! Maybe he’s dressed up in his Sunday best?!?

  29. Kris P says:

    Great captures, Eliza. I wish more people were attuned to the importance of pollinators. I read a heartbreaking story on Instagram last week about one gardener’s experience with his neighbor’s pesticide company.

  30. cindy knoke says:

    Lovely photo and fascinating video!

  31. I love to watch these little guys at work!

  32. Val Boyko says:

    Gobsmacking wonderful 🙏🏼🥳💖

  33. Wonderful close-up work. Your bee image is exceptional! I love the composition.

  34. Widdershins says:

    Hello there, wee beasties. 😀

  35. Pepper says:

    What a wonderful video. 😁

  36. Cathy says:

    Wonderful! 😃

  37. Very nice Eliza! Enjoyed seeing them!

  38. Very nice Eliza! Enjoyed seeing them!

  39. Brian Skeys says:

    She looks so laden with pollen that she is struggling to climb out of the flower.

  40. A bee climbing a rock wall! 😉 Cool composition, Eliza! Enjoyed the video too. 🙂

  41. jillslawit says:

    They really are the bees knees. You can actually see them as the top bee climbs the flowerhead.

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