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We had a most violent storm last night – nothing like I’ve ever experienced here. It was more like the hurricanes I remember from Florida. We fretted about our wildlife friends while we contemplated the world order in the dark while the electricity was out from ten until midnight.
For the last few days, I have been sneaking up on our barrel cactus in the front yard that is blooming prolifically. It is interesting to see how the buds are started from the sharp prongs in the center, and then move out some, and then opening up into these glorious blossoms.
The bees are having a ball! I’m surprised there is any pollen at all left after the deluge from last night, but you can see that the petals of the flower, and the bee himself, are just covered with it.
The picture above, if you look REALLY, REALLY closely, shows one little guy burrowing down into the inner sanctum of the flower. He disappears in a trice, and I stand there, all hunched over, waiting for him to reappear. He does this, of course, but then scurries off quickly to his next destination before I can get the shutter pushed down.
Unbeknownst to me, I must have been fast enough on the trigger at some point, because in the picture below, he is posing quite nicely for me! ;->