Do I hear bees? In early January? I knew spring was coming early this year, but I was surprised to walk by our Mahonia bush and see honey bees everywhere! There were also little wasps and other odd flying creatures.
The Mahonia plant normally blooms with small yellow flowers in the winter, followed by grape-like bunches of blue-purple berries in the summer. So, the second week of January our bush was covered with tons of these cute flowers! But what was different this year was, it was really warm and there were just as many bees as flowers on the plant!
I just had to take time to photograph the little diligent workers. Since the bush is right next to our porch, I went out with my macro lens and was able to get up super close to the bees. Also, it was perfect lighting. Golden hour!
Although it was January, because it was warm, the bees were out gathering their nectar. I am amazed how the honey bees have a flexible time schedule and adapt well to the weather!