Here is a Rocky Mountain penstemon, up close and personal.
This genus of the flower world is gorgeous and beguiling, particularly to pollinators. You can see why the flowers below, from a stalk of Penstemon palmerii, are particularly interesting to bumblebees. They can fit their entire bodies inside "bumblebee garages", writhe wildly and come out entirely covered with pollen. Here is a bee's eye view.
The flowing stripes on the palmerii petals is another example of nature's inspiration for abstract art.
From a pure photography standpoint, shooting this week presented some interesting challenges. The wind blew a lot, moving the flowers every which way, but worse yet, when the wind wasn't blowing the no-seeums discovered me very quickly and began taking their fill of my blood. Luckily, that part of the natural cycle ends when the monsoon begins.
until next Monday,
a passion for the image