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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Busy as Bees!

Today's post was inspired by my friend, Mark Moffett's extraordinary photo spread of exotic pollinating creatures in the March Issue of National Geographic. On  my visit to the Dallas Arboretum for their "Dallas Blooms" event, I was able to spend time with my current favorite flower, the Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule). As this is the weekend of the Vernal Equinox, I wanted to share the recent images of Iceland poppies and their pollination.

Preparing to Pop

Bee Poppy


Click in any of the images to see them in their original gallery!

Interested in Pollinator? Visit the Pollinator Partnership- They do great work!
Visit Macro Flowers Saturday or Flowers on Saturday for more bloomin' fun!
Also see the fun at TODAY'S FLOWERS & MACRO MONDAY.

17 comments:

Beverly said...

Beautiful!!! I love the poppies and bees are a fantastic addition to any flower!

Mom of M&Ms said...

Love the poppies and the bees.. please link to Flowers on Saturday.. Others need to see this amazing work!

Mom of M&Ms said...

Thanks for linking up.... I so want to attend Dallas Blooms, but with spring break and little ones with allergies it must wait!

My garden haven said...

You've got some powerful macro shots there!! Just beautiful.
Rosie

Diana (Di) said...

John, all handsome photos of favorite poppies and their pollinators, and that first shot is a "WOW".

Cynthia White said...

Lovely pics!

Amila Kanchana said...

Wow John,I'm awestruck!

Harold Stiver said...

A great series, especially the first image

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Fabulous details of the poppies - that first photo is just outstanding!

mostlymacro said...

SCRUMPTIOUS.
Truly :-)
They would be my favourites too if I ever managed to get them to grow from seed.

Tiago Braga said...

the firts one is absolutly fantastic :P

Kerri said...

These are gorgeous my friend!!!

ladyfi said...

Wow - such wonderful flowers!

THE OLD GEEZER ~Ron said...

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~Ron

Stratoz said...

we had a 70 degree day last week, and I brushed my hand against a bee basking the the sun, which led it to decide to sting me. Ironic that I almost never get stung while gardening. Amazing photos.

PippaD said...

How beautiful, I wish I knew more about flowers. I shall have to take a book out of the library!

Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

Wow these are amazing photos! I love the first one and the one with the bees