Really Big Bumble Bee Pollen Showering on a Passionfruit Flower

This is a bumble bee. I’ve seen bumble bees before. It is actually a bit smaller than the bee I saw the other day (Giant Bee Getting Pollen Shower from Passionfruit). Here is honey bee visiting the same passionfruit flower.

Fig Leaf Overlap

This sunlit leaf causes me to imagine I can see its veins extending down to the chlorophyll itself, sucking up the energy and transmitting it to the rest of the tree.  The intervening leaf blocking the sunlight to a portion of the bright green leaf steals a bit of its sun. However, the tree gets […]

Rejuvenated Lemon Tree

A couple of years ago, the lemon tree in the back yard had to be pruned back. It was: to the stump!  Now it’s back, courtesy of a side branch or two that emanated from ground level. It is about 15-20 feet tall now and is well armed with thorns that will go through your […]

Dragonfly Mugging for the Camera

When I first saw this flying object in the back yard, I thought it was a hummingbird, a red-headed hummingbird. It alit on a plant on the porch and I noticed the four wings and realized it was a dragonfly.  I went out to get a closer look. I approached slowly. It flew away a […]