Chicory is a blue-flowered perennial plant that has several benefits. It is added to coffee as a flavor enhancer, the leaves can be added to salads and is a mild laxative. It also contains beta-carotene, a proven antioxidant.On top of that Chicory is a pollination-fuel station for our planets pollinators. Here is a photo I took Sunday of a very happy bee doing what bees do.
We have several Button Bushes on our place, yet thought they are in bloom there is one thing missing: Honey Bees. Usually Honey Bees are everywhere and especially on the bloom of our Button Bushes. Not so this year. I have being looking into why this is and one of the Commonwealths universities is trying to do the work to find out. In my opinion any effort is better than burying our heads in the sand. Please check out where you can help out in your area. As for me and the bees I am planning on adding a second wildflower garden next year……with more planning than my first one. Till the next time enjoy this Bumblebee feeding on a Button Bush bloom.
About a week ago I received a set of Kenko AF Extension tubes that I had ordered off Ebay. I have a set of manual extension tubes that I have used with mixed results. The reason the results are mixed is my Sony A37 does not support Image Stabilization on my Minolta manual lenses. With the AF enabled tubes I have been able to get some images I am happy with. Here is a cropped pic that I used the AF extension tubes with.Post shot editing was done with On1 Photo and Corel PaintShop Pro X7.