The Mohave Indigo Bush

On our bike ride this morning to Coyote Canyon, I did a double take and switched back in order to admire this lone bush filled with beautiful indigo colored blossoms. This is the Mojave Indigo Bush and it was absolutely loaded with flowers and the wild desert honey bees were swarming all over it and having the time of their lives. The buzz was deafening and I respectively took photographs while giving them enough space to do their work.

It is difficult to believe that this wild bush that had received so little rainfall could produce such an abundance of flowers. The color can range from pale blue to the deep, purple indigo blue that this bush sported. It made my bike ride extra special and because it was so windy out due to the thunderstorms in the surrounding mountains, I was a little surprised to capture some of the bees attempting to harvest pollen. When you look closely at wild bees, their pollen sacks are the color of whatever flower they have come into contact with. When I lived in Redlands, California, the bees would have brilliant, golden orange sacks laden with pollen because of the citrus trees.

11 thoughts on “The Mohave Indigo Bush

    • sevenfauesisters May 21, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      Aw- well, I do have a BFA in drawing and painting and I took one black and white photography class. These iPhone cameras are amazing though and so versatile!

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      • curioussteph May 21, 2018 / 9:08 pm

        A trained eye. And you are right, the iPhone cameras are remarkable. I was delighted when I discovered the zoom feature, and there is likely a lot more I can learn.

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  1. urzre May 21, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    It is lovely to see how nature is perfect! Bees… Flowers…Trees…

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