Wild Sunflower and pollinatorsWild Sunflower and pollinators – Nikon D810, f13, 1/500, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Yesterday the light wasn’t great in the morning but I did get out to take some images an Antelope Island and there were plenty of pollinators out and about. Just this one Common Sunflower blossom 5 different insects which included two bees, one tiny fly, a beetle and a type of slender wasp.

Bumble Bee pollinating a Bee PlantBumble Bee pollinating a Bee Plant – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Then there were a few skipper butterflies that didn’t get close enough to get decent images of but the Bumble Bees were.

Bumble Bee in flightBumble Bee in flight – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

And they were actively going from one bee plant to another. This one’s pollen baskets were so heavy its legs dangled down.

Rufous Hummingbird flyingRufous Hummingbird flying – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

There were also a few hummingbirds zipping from flower to flower with their wings making a buzzing sound that compliments their soft chirps.

Perched Rufous HummingbirdPerched Rufous Hummingbird – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The bees, butterflies, beetles and hummingbirds will soon be gone but they have pollinated the plants which will soon set seed and the cycle will begin all over again next spring.



  1. Kathie August 29, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Just wonderful, Mia!

  2. Tami August 28, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Love your idea of grouping the pollinators together! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for a pollinating bat post 🙂

  3. Montanagirl August 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Beautiful photos, Mia. Your photography always keeps me coming back for more!

  4. Utahbooklover August 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Like Patty I have been more watchful for honeybees and treasure them more as their numbers decrease. Great images all but I especially like the detail in the last one.

  5. Elephant's Child August 28, 2014 at 2:09 pm


  6. Wally August 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Dazzling displays of color and light!

  7. Patty Chadwick August 28, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Love these beautiful images! We stopped by BETH’S FARMSTAND, a local landmark here in Warren, Maine, and for the first time in several YEARS, we saw some honey bees, busily buzzing in and out of the blossoms of some potted plants. I got so excited to see them, I almost forgot what we came for! BETH’s also sells honey so probably have their own hives, but It’s been such a ling time since I’ve seen honey bees, and they used to be so common, I got really excited… Some of the other customers looked at me as though I was crazy…

  8. Sherry in Mt August 28, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Stunning as always. The background on the bee plant couldn’t be more perfect. As much as I adore hummers in flight that last shot is incredible!

  9. Sarah Mayhew August 28, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Very nice!

  10. Julie Brown August 28, 2014 at 4:41 am

    It is amazing how that bee can still fly with its pollen baskets so full!

Comments are closed.