Southern Scents

There is nothing like a Southern Spring full of wonderful scents. The tiny flowers of the American Holly tree have such a strong scent that it draws me to it from across the yard.

The Little Gem Magnolia is loaded with buds and flowers this year. One flower will nicely scent a small room. The blooming trees have really benefited our pollinators that have been missing our usual spring flowers.


Bee Pandemonium

It is pandemonium at the hummingbird feeder. Just days ago there were a few bees and a butterfly.

A signal must have gone out to stimulate the need to get ready for the winter. The feeder was emptied in a manner of hours.

I used my long lens to capture the photos from a distance. I do not know if these are honey bees or wild bees, but maybe someone could help identify them.

The air is so crowded with bees, that I cannot get close enough to change the nearly empty feeder.


A Sunny Day

Just a few days ago, we had perfect weather with the temperatures in the 80’s and low humidity.  I took advantage of the warming sun and just sat near a flower bed.  And I wasn’t the only one. The blooms were covered with all kinds of pollinators.  I managed to photograph a few.

The American White Pelicans were flying against the clear blue sky and some small flocks of visiting birds were poking around looking for bugs. One little bird, a Ruby Crowned Kinglet, didn’t seem to mind me sitting there and came very close.

Since that sunny day, our winter has returned with heavy rain and cold temperatures.  But as it always happens in these parts, the weather is about to change and a great weekend is promised.