Rose and Her Bee

  Along the front of the main Saddle Rock building is an immense rose bush that spans 30 feet or more. From late June to the middle of July it is absolutely covered in flowers.
Rose trio
Among the variety of bees that visit the bush, the one below (Belle - well, in all probability it is a guy but even so) was incredible. Much smaller than average and absolutely glistening, the bee looked as if it had just come from some type of beauty treatment especially adapted for bees that prefer dignified flowers, particularly roses.
Glistening rose bee
Photography note: Both photos were taken (in early July 2002) using the Voigtlander 125mm macro on a Pentax LX.

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