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My first bee of the year.

I don't know where the day's gone to. I slept well, woke early and seem to have done nothing much ever since. I know I faffed around a bit with my new bird table. It's small, only a little more than 30 centimetres square but the ground slopes where I want to put it. I've done some levelling and howking out of ivy but it needs more and there are crocuses which will have to be moved so I'll wait till they have died down. It's stable enough and Beaky was straight in. Other birds have been a bit more cautious but it is being used. Afterwards I struggled with my 1,000 piece jigsaw. I reckoned I had made a mistake buying it as after I got the edges in place it lay there untouched. A few pieces have gradually been placed. I don't know if I'm enjoying it but I don't like to give up.
Wandered up the garden and found a bee harvesting the crocuses which was a thrill. My first bee of the year. Took lots of photos and cut back the lavateria which was getting in the way When I looked later there were about six or seven at work, all honeybees. Word must have spread. Now of course I want to see my first bumblebee.
After that I appear to have done nothing. Started a new book, had some Selkirk bannock and fell asleep on the sofa. Haven't even been for a walk.
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25 comments

Joe, Son of the Rock said:

Excellent macro, Jean. I love the motion blur on the wings. I hope you have an excellent weekend. Cheers, Joe
7 weeks ago

Jean replied to Joe, Son of the Rock:

You too Joe.
7 weeks ago

Andy Rodker said:

What a cracker of a macro, Jean!
The walls here are full of solitary masonry bees all coming out to play about now! (They seem to like the brick my sister's house is made of)! They are bumblebee size, a rich brown colour and cuddly-looking! I'll see if I can take a photo but they sem restless and I haven't worked out what flower(s) they make a bee-line for, but it could well be the almond blossom. I'll have a look tomorrow, assuming the sun is shining!!
7 weeks ago

Malik Raoulda said:

Elle est vraiment exceptionnelle cette magnifique
macro bien détaillée et bien gorgée de lumiere.
Bonne soirée et bon weekend.
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Thérèse said:

Incroyable!
7 weeks ago ( translate )

mike minsky said:

really sharp photo - great colours. amazing to see so early
7 weeks ago

HappySnapper said:

Bee's in Feb! Silly weather but shows how things are changing.
7 weeks ago

Jean replied to HappySnapper:

I always get them when the crocuses come out. I think someone nearby must have hives.
7 weeks ago

Roger (Grisly) said:

Superb capture but goodness its out and about early.
7 weeks ago

Jocelyne Villoing said:

En pleine dégustation, jolie macro !****************
Bon samedi Jean.
7 weeks ago ( translate )

©UdoSm said:

Beautiful...
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Jaap van 't Veen said:

Wonderful close-up Jean.
Safe and sunny weekend.
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

What a fabulous close-up Jean! I love the detail and the movement you've captured on the wings. I saw my first last week, on some heather in the garden. Just the one though. The crocus looks beautiful too. Have a good weekend, and maybe get back to the puzzle :-)
7 weeks ago

Doug Shepherd said:

Super shot Jean. I love the strong colours and the movement of the wings that you have managed to capture very nicely.
7 weeks ago

Marie-claire Gallet said:

Lucky one !!!! It is simply FANTASTIC, Jean *******************************************
7 weeks ago