There are a lot of native bees – this one is the Common Eastern Bumble Bee – busy in the garden working the early fall flowers. I find this image quite striking with the bright golden rod flowers in the sun. No need to get out the macro lenses and tripod for a subject as large as this one.
It’s remarkable how many of the wild Asters there are in this part of the world and we are encouraging them in our garden. This is a “New England Aster” (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) which we culled from the wild as it was growing on a roadside verge that was due to be mown. It is now the founding father of a colony we hope to encourage on our small nature sanctuary.
Hestia went to the great sunny window-ledge in the sky a few years ago but her image (this) seems to have survived and surface recently while doing some file management. She came to Canada with us in 1998 and lived to a very old age. I think she was the last cat of ours who had an outdoor existence.
A sunny morning brought a lot of different species of insects out onto the Golden Rod flowers. Here we have a Bombus impatiens (Common Eastern Bumble Bee) on the same cluster as a Eumenes fraternus (Fraternal Potter Wasp) and creeping in from top left a Augochloropsis metallica (Green Metallic Sweat Bee).