Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hellebores


I post pictures of them here every year, I think, but they're always so welcome when they appear, and they do so undemandingly well here. The new camera gave them added novelty this time too; an advantage of the compact and screen vs viewfinder is that it's easier to look up into their faces.  Someone (was it Zephyr?) said they found them sad flowers because they insist on looking downward all the time.  It's worth trying to get down under them though, to catch the sun through the petals.






The first bees of the year enjoy them too, though only really the white ones, which I noticed for the first time have a very delicate perfume. Once you start trying to catch the bees in them, you don't settle for just taking pictures of the flowers, I find.











 



7 comments:

Rouchswalwe said...

Wau! That last shot is fine! Not only do you have the bees in the shot, but you've captured the shadow of the one flying in. Beautiful bees doing what they do.

I certainly hope we can discover how to help these magnificent creatures. Colony Collapse Disorder is still a huge concern in this part of the States.

Peter said...

To me they seem shy -- more like modest, really, particularly that dark purple one. It's not looking down, but it's still the angle, and probably something to do with the dark, pretty color.

polish chick said...

beautiful. we are facing another week of -25ºC, so it's nice to be reminded of the fact that spring is not a mere myth to be told around the fire.

the last photo is fabulous.

Sabine said...

Delighted to see bees as well!

Francesca said...

The dark purple one is really beautiful. And an early treat for the bees.

zephyr said...

yes, it was me. i agree with you,they are beautiful. And worth it, even if they refuse to look up.

Lyse said...

Elles sont magnifiques , Tu as tout ça dans ton jardin ?