also known as stork's bill because of what their seeds look like which,
incidentally, can feel like STEEL stabbing through your sneakers.
It's a flat little plant, blooming this month, but I never knew
until I stared rudely at it w/a macro
how amazing its architecture is. Stunner.
(seeing individual pollen grains makes me swoon)
Little honey bee excitedly floating from flower to flower in February.
I'm curious why the bee is sipping where she's sipping.
Where does the lovely nectar come out?
Is it there so that the plant can brush against the bee's tummy
to pick up and deposit pollen?
These are my questions.
Hark, I Hear Spring!
Practically the only other thing blooming right now
(with HUGE thanks to randomtruth for correcting my mis-ID!):
However, this plant blooms in SUCH GREAT abundance, you can HEAR it.
You'll be outside in the garden, kicking around, pretending to work, when:
Hark! What is that low buzzing coming from the ENTIRE property?
That's when you realize there are LEGIONS of bees ALL OVER
these tree/shrubs, and giant bumblebees seem to be setting up territories
to guard their particular patch o' manzanita blooms.
Pretty smart to bloom early when the bees are THIRSTY for fresh nectar
and hardly anything else is blooming, so you get LOTS of attention.
And I didn't see this bug until I uploaded the photos:
And only took one photo of this clump, so that bug WINS!
No idea what it is.
Besides GREAT at being overlooked.
Just like the red stemmed filaree.
I love "discovering" amazing things that have been there all along.
Nature: the more you look, the more you walk around, gobsmacked.