After the warmest November on record, the desert marigolds are still blooming strong.
This little solitary bee doesn't seem to mind.
It's a golden opportunity for her.
Spring is a wonderful time to watch bees in the Southwest, especially when the prickly pear cactus are in bloom.
For example, what is this bee doing?
Can you see better in this photograph?
Have you ever had a bee stick its tongue out at you?
And don't forget:
Spring has arrived in Arizona.
The wildflowers are blooming.
The bees are flying.
Bees and flowers are made for each other,
like this halictid sweat bee in a desert marigold,
and this carpenter bee face first in a desert mallow flower.
Yes, spring is in the air.