In these early morning panoramas, it's hard to make out anything at all. Yet there are all kinds of flowers still blooming. And as Fall sets in with yesterday's Autumnal Equinox, you can still find our pollinators hard at work, even if they need some time in the sun to warm up before getting to it.
One of my favorite images, a honeybee waits for the sun to warm him up enough to head out gathering pollen.
You can really see the similarity between the Cosmos (right) and it's Sunflower relative in the this photo.
View the entire history of The Wildflower Project on it's blog at: EHS Pleasant Street Wildflower Project
Pollinator Factoid: Wild bees need long-lasting, undisturbed nesting sites in sunny, relatively bare patches of ground with a diversity of nectar and pollen-rich plants nearby. The greater the variety of flowering plants, the greater the number of bee species that will be attracted. One of the major risks, to both bee and plant diversity, is their separation through increasing fragmentation of wild uncultivated areas. Without bees, many flowering plants fail to set seed and without flowering plants, there is no food for bees. Leaving field margins, ditches, roadside verges and woodland edges unsprayed with chemicals, and undisturbed, does much for bee conservation.
From New Agriculturalist On-line