Saturday, January 17, 2009

15 ~ My Bees and Flowers

bee in citrus flower (click to enlarge photos)

Not really my bees as I'm not a beekeeper but I consider as part of my family the little ones who come to visit the blooms on our grapefruit and lime trees at this time of the year and later, to the flowers of the Opuntia cactus.

bee on citrus 2
There are signs that February is approaching as the aloe is putting out its cone-shaped flowers and both citrus trees are blooming again.

bee on citrus 3
The lime tree has a few fruits and the grapefruit tree has many. It is not unusual to see both flowers and fruit on the trees at the same time.

green grapefruit
The blackbirds are building a nest somewhere near our drago tree and are visible every day flying back and forth across the garden or sitting in the schefflera tree.

It’s time to prune the roses and although they are still blooming, they must have last year’s branches cut and tidied so they will come back next month with new shoots.
queen elizabeth rose
The flowers will be even more appreciated when placed in bowls inside the house. Here is a favourite Iceberg floribunda rose:

iceberg bee Roses here bloom all year round, and this Gold Medal hybrid tea has been in our garden for over 20 years.

gold medal Bougainvillae also blooms here year round and fills many blank walls with wonderful colour.

Here is a series of photos I took last year of bees collecting pollen on Opuntia cactus blooms. All bee photos were taken with a Canon EOS 30D DSLR camera with a Canon 100 mm f2.8 macro lens. Here is the cactus flower:

opuntia cactus The approach:
bee approach He already has quite a lot of pollen on his legs: bee pollen Attracted by the scent he has nearly reached his goal:
bee opuntia At last he has found the right place:
bee in flower

The Municipal Market in Puerto de la Cruz.

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