Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) Drinking

honey bee drinking at birdbath

I have occasionally seen the odd honey bee drinking water from the edge of the pond, and occasionally from the edge of the birdbath – but never en masse like they have this year. I don’t know if it is the nature of the summer weather, or the fact the neighbours have a beehive – but they have been there every day in numbers for most of the last few months. I got the tripod and my macro lens in very close to them and aside from a few buzzing around my head they didn’t much care I was there. At least they sit still on the birdbath relative to on the flowers.

honey bee drinking at birdbath honey bees drinking at birdbath group

honey bee drinking at birdbath honey bee drinking at birdbath

Backyard Beetle Macro

A few more Beetle macro shots from July. Do not know the species of the first beetle which I also posted earlier. Probably part of the Genus Cantharis. The second appears to be some variety of Longhorned Beetle – probably Xestoleptura crassipes. Both are crawling on flowers from Astrantia major.

beetle on astrantia major beetle on astrantia major

longhorned beetle (xestoleptura sp. possibly) on astrantia major longhorned beetle (xestoleptura sp. possibly) on astrantia major

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers

A few wildflowers from Mt. Rainier National Park. Merten’s Bluebells (Mertensia paniculata) and a somewhat beleaguered Avalanche Lily (Erythronium montanum). A better version of this flower can be found in a previous post of mine. Next trip there will not be so rushed and I will likely have more of a chance to get the macro lens after these a bit more.

mertens bluebells mertensia paniculata mertens bluebells mertensia paniculata

avalanche lily erythronium montanum mertens bluebells mertensia paniculata

Tranquille near Kamloops Lake

In the first panorama you can see the abandoned Tranquille Sanatorium in the distance. The second panorama (with a wider lens) is from the same vantage point on Tranquille Road just outside Lac du Bois Provincial Park near Kamloops, BC. Just beyond the flooded field in the foreground lies Kamloops Lake.

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1. 9 stitched photos (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro)


2. 8 stitched photos (Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM)


Lac du Bois Provincial Park near Mara Hill tranquillesanatorium

Tranquille on the edge of Lac Du Bois Provincial Park rock

Not sure what species, but there seems to be a lot of lichen on this rock. Really wish I’d had a tripod handy… was really windy here and evidently my 100mm macro lens did not feel like sitting still that much (many discarded shots of this lichen).

lichenrock lichen