25 May 18 By now all of you should have received an email called Today's Image update which explains why there haven't been any recent mailings. If you haven't read it check your inbox. No need to repeat all that information here. My apology for the break in service.
Returning from a distinct lack of spring flora and fauna in Yellowstone, the winter having been even harsher that last year's and according to the locals each winter getting more severe, we found our property to be bursting with color and fully overgrown with both desired and undesired flora. Last year we saw some pollinating activity; this spring the bees are abundant which should make for an even nicer spring next year. When we left for Yellowstone our hummingbird population was ingesting about a quart of "nectar" one every 10 days; now we are providing a half gallon daily and the mass of birds have yet to return. Hopefully an opportunity for a few hummingbird photos. Jan had planted her garden a couple days before we departed and upon our return everything was bursting forth. So what we lacked seeing this year on our annual pilgrimage was more than made up for upon our return, at least as far as the flora aspect. Think at this point I owe myself a return trip to the condo in the fall. Today's submission is from our front garden and features a pollinator buzzing around some winter heather.
This is straight from the camera save for some small amount of cropping. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 400; 1/640 sec @ f / 7.1.