Sweat bee on Grindelia hirsutula

I finally got my extension tubes working enough to snag this sweat bee (I think) feasting on the Grindelia hirsutula. Click on the photos to see them much larger.




























Up high in the sky

Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus)

Bee on Aster

Another bee on coyote mint

Oak titmouse in the water

Bathing beauty.


Fly on yarrow. I know, it’s just a fly. But they are really cool looking up close.

Anna’s hummingbird, just hanging out

This lovely little Anna’s hummingbird was just chittering up a storm to me this morning.

Bee on Aster chilensis

This patch of aster chilensis has been very popular.

Bee on coyote mint

The Monardella villosa, coyote mint, is just starting to take off. I think the bees are happy.

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