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These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

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Saturday, 22 July 2006
One Bee
Topic: Nature and Botanicals
One Bee

"He said the pleasantest manner of spending a hot July day was lying from morning till evening on a bank of heath in the middle of the moors, with the bees humming dreamily about among the bloom, and the larks singing high up overhead, and the blue sky and bright sun shining steadily and cloudlessly." - Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Saturday morning, July 22, a side street in Hollywood -

A bee working on a side street in Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A bee working on a side street in Hollywood


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Updated: Saturday, 22 July 2006 4:51 PM PDT
Thursday, 27 April 2006
The Birds and the Bees
Topic: Nature and Botanicals

The Birds and the Bees

Duck at the edge of the sheltered lagoon in Playa del Rey, Los Angeles County
The bird - Thursday, April 27, 2006, at the edge of the sheltered lagoon in Playa del Rey - is this duck that just woke up in a bed of alyssum, a bit unhappy to be disturbed. (Playa del Rey - "the beach of the king" - is the first beach north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), between the airport and Marina del Rey, about twelve miles west of Hollywood.)









The bee is nearby, working away in the "ice plant" that grows in the sand at the edge of the beach parking lots. Ice plant? That would be carpobrotus edulis, a creeping, mat-forming succulent, a member of the Stone Plant family Aizoaceae and one of about thirty species in the genus Carpobrotus. It is also known as the Highway Ice Plant, Pigface or Hottentot Fig, and in South Africa known as Sour Fig. It's used all over out here, mainly to hold down hills and loose sand (thus the "highway" name), and as a firebreak (it is a succulent after all, and full of water). It requires next to no care and needs little rain, which is fine because we average little rain out here anyway. And like many things in California, it's very flashy. The bee is just an ordinary bee.

Bee pollinating ice plant blossom in Playa del Rey, Los Angeles County




Birds and bees lead to families. These might be Marbled Godwits.

A late note, Sunday, April 30, from a reader in upstate New York - "Of course the top picture is a beautiful Mallard drake. In the lower pictures, you have two kinds of birds. I am guessing the larger (on left) are Long-billed Dowitcher and the smaller ones, Western Sandpiper."

These are not Marbled Godwits at the edge of the sheltered lagoon in Playa del Rey, Los Angeles County



These are not Marbled Godwits at the edge of the sheltered lagoon in Playa del Rey, Los Angeles County


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