Friday, August 28, 2009

Harvest Moon Coneflower and Bees

Hybrid Coneflower
Echinacea ‘Harvest Moon’
Synonym: 'Matthew Saul'

This ‘Harvest Moon’ looks a little darker than usual. It is a great color but as I have said before it doesn’t seem too hardy in Connecticut. It keeps chugging along in the garden with a few flowers but it has never seemed to look as good as when it was purchased. I realize it could fully be my fault for not providing the correct conditions.

This flower was posted here on August 17, 2006. It is funny how excited I was to see it. The Coneflower test garden never happened and it would have been a flop if it had, as most of the cultivars are not that strong growing. The test garden probably would have cost a lot of money and been a little frustrating.

Bees are easy to photograph around Coneflower. Just wait a minute and your subject will be at hand. The best time is in the morning when it is cool out. The bees seem a little less active and more willing to sit still for a couple of pics. These were shot with my trusty backup and probably all time favorite photography duo of the Nikon D70s and the 60mm Micro-Nikkor lens.

We have an eye to the southeast on tropical storm Danny. It looks like it is going to, thankfully, stay off shore. The forecast went from 2-4 inches of rain with up to 50 mile per hour winds to 1 to 2 inches of rain and 20 to 40 mph winds for Saturday.


SandyCarlson said...

The bee looks quite comfortable there.

Paul Bates Photography said...

Very nice pictures! You have quite a knack for macro shots.