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Trumpet Lily with Pollen

It appears to me that some insect or bird did a messy job of pollinating this flower. When I examined the surrounding blossoms their insides looked similar, but not quite as full of the yellow pollen as this particular sample.

This is what I might think of as an Easter Lily, but it is blooming in the wrong season for that holiday. Reminds me that so many commercially available plants are grown in greenhouses to be marketed as flowering for a certain date. Poinsettias in December come to mind.

Pollen Laden Big Daddy


Pollen Laden Big Daddy

I was looking at flowers to photograph, and saw this bee on a tulip leaf. Really wanted to take a photo of him on a flower, but it is not as if I can say, “Sir (or ma’am), could you please fly to a nearby flower so I can take your picture there?”

When I looked at the photo up close, a surprise: the bee’s legs are full of pollen.

This is one of the largest bees I have seen here. We get plenty of bees, but they are usually smaller. This one may not have been too active, as the sun is having a hard time breaking out of the clouds today, and it is still coolish, 59 degrees F.