Friday, December 9, 2011

Male Carpenter Bee

This photographic specimen sat quietly while both my neighbour and I snapped happily away.  There is quite a colony of female bees burrowing into a dead section of the teatree.  I initially thought they were bumblebees but a great website on native bees enlightened me.   I have a healthy population of different native bees in the front of the house so hopefully this means I have a healthy little environment at my front door!
These were the final colours of sunset two days ago and last night the whole sky was the most incredible  palette of greys with soft pink blushes punctuated by crispy white thunderheads rising higher and higher into the sky.  Wet season skies make up for the oppressive humidity leading into the Wet proper.   That humidity is my excuse for not getting into the clay!

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