On April 11, the honeybees finally examined the hybrid tulips.
And I caught the elusive white butterfly.
The honeybees also started enjoying the creeping thyme.
April 14, that sweet snow decorated the forsythia.
Today the wind literally blows bees off the Nanking cherry as another spring snowstorm threatens. Inside for awhile, I catch up with images from the past two weeks.
April 17, the bumblebees showed up.
April 19, honeybees were all over the European pasqueflowers.
April 20. Surprise!
And a bigger surprise, the broad-tailed hummingbirds showed up five days early.
As the golden currant blossoms begin to open, the green (or blue?) bottle flies arrive.
Nanking cherry buds begin to burst open and the little native bees are among the first to partake.
April 21, dandelions begin to pop open throughout the yard.
Bumblebees and honeybees continue to sip at the almond blossoms.
April 22, the Nanking cherry calls all species of bees in the vicinity.
And begins to get crowded.
April 23: Meanwhile, down at the pond, the honeybees have found a sweet place in the reeds to sate their thirst.
On April 24, the Nanking cherry exploded with bees of all kinds, in clouds, drunk, like me perhaps, on all the pink beauty.
Count the bees and types of bees in this image. Spring wave of the roller-coaster is in full swing. On this day, the Colonel would have been ninety-five years old. I spent the entire day with one of his last gifts to me, my Canon 50D, in a pursuit he might have considered at one time in his life a waste of time; but he introduced me to cameras, and took great pleasure during our last visit looking through his album of special photos, seeking his personal best, a shot of a duck with water dripping off its beak. I think he would have liked these. Meanwhile, my days fly by so full I can’t keep up.
As the jonquils continue blooming the occasional bee investigates.
Prunus besseyi “Pawnee Buttes,” a ground-creeping variety of the western sandcherry, begins to draw bees.
“Pink Chintz” creeping thyme blooms.
Occasional native bees and honeybees check out this little rock-garden plant whose name I’ve forgotten.
Buff little bumblebee on the golden currant.
The frenetic beeflies are everywhere, on the sandcherry…
…and the omnipresent Nepeta.