Coming in for a landing!
My largest opuntia's against my back fence have been blooming for weeks now. The blooms are big, yellow and the bees love them. This year besides the normal honey bees we have a ton of these really large black bees. I don't see a stinger on them and they don't seem aggressive. Maybe they bite if scared. I decided that it was time to go out and get up close and personal with the bees and get some shots. Here is a shot with one of the big black bees:
It's a big one isn't it.
My best friend Lorna and I went outside in my backyard so I could take some shots and she could enjoy the cactus flowers. I climbed up on the cement tiered planter that holds some of my succulents. And then I leaned in with my camera set to macro. Straight into the land of flowers and bees. The next thing I know I look to my right and Lorna is jumping around like a crazy person. Her arms were flay ling around and swatting at things nobody could see but her. I couldn't help it but I started to laugh and almost fell into my giant cactus (which would have sent me to the hospital). When I could catch my breath I told her to stop and that she would more than likely hit a bee and it would for sure sting her. She gladly went inside. I finally calmed myself down from all the excitement and finished my photo shoot. Enjoy!