Photo of the Week – February 27, 2015

Here are two photos that are completely unrelated to each other.

Why?  Because I feel like it.

So there.

An old truck in a snowy prairie.  Leadership Center Prairie - Aurora, Nebraska.
An old truck in a snowy prairie. Leadership Center Prairie – Aurora, Nebraska.  February 2015.
Long-horned bee (Melissodes sp) on stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus).  The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies.
Long-horned bee (Melissodes sp) on stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus). The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies.  August, 2014.

Ok, I guess both photos were taken in a Nebraska prairie.  That’s makes them kind of related, right?

5 points to anyone who can come up with other good (or at least funny) suggestions of relationships between the two images.

Have a good weekend.

24 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – February 27, 2015

  1. Marneymae February 27, 2015 / 7:31 am

    The snow billowy & set at the upper curved edge of the headlight
    Has a similar feel to the fuzzy critter perched on the upper curved edge of the flower’s center

  2. Paul February 27, 2015 / 7:32 am

    First thought that popped into my head was the multifaceted headlight lens and its relationship to the compound eye of the bee. Sorry, Chris – haven’t had coffee yet this morning!

  3. Todd February 27, 2015 / 7:48 am

    They both have horns. Not sure if the one on the car still works or not.

  4. Susan Gretz February 27, 2015 / 7:56 am

    Easy! Bee’s eye = truck’s headlamp
    Pollen = snow

    Practically the same image!

    Thanks for helping us appreciate all the art in nature, Chris.

    Susan Gretz — Senior Attorney — The Nature Conservancy – +1-612-331-0779 —

  5. Novalene thurston February 27, 2015 / 8:06 am

    Facets…in the bee’s eyes and truck headlight lenses! Five points, please!

  6. Joanne February 27, 2015 / 8:07 am

    Headlamps on the truck and bee one each, makes the plural lamps. By the way, I love old trucks and bees

  7. Lorrie February 27, 2015 / 8:32 am

    Snow in the winter leaves moisture for sunflowers in the summer!

  8. Dan Liles February 27, 2015 / 8:43 am

    Both photos start out with a yellow base. The car and the flower.

  9. Chris Helzer February 27, 2015 / 8:57 am

    Nice work, everyone! Some very good ideas here… Todd’s comment on horns is worth 5 points for sure, and Paul was the first to point out the similarity between the multifaceted headlight and bee eye, so 5 to him as well.

  10. Patti Holmlund February 27, 2015 / 9:51 am

    The driver of the truck was wearing one of those wrist bouquets that women wear sometimes because she was heading to the dance in town. A passing bee happened to not only smell the scent of the colorful flowers, but with her ultra violet sight couldn’t help but notice an intriguing pattern on one of the petals. So, into the truck the bee flew causing the startled (but not afraid) driver to veer off the road and into the field. The driver was so embarrassed she decided not to tell anyone, but instead walk into town which wasn’t far. That turned out to be a lucky since another (bachelor) farmer was headed to the same dance, stopped, and offered our driver a ride. The rest is history, as they say, but the truck remains not only to remind the happy couple, but has become the home of bees and over the years our driver’s old truck has been surrounded by sunflowers which all bees love. That is how the pictures are related!

    • Paul February 27, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      I give Patti my 5 points.

  11. Larry February 27, 2015 / 11:53 am

    They both spent a large part of their lives in delivering the goods!

  12. Douglas Owens-Pike February 27, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    excellent compositions in the eye of our spy on the prairie; macro lens for micro views

  13. Mary Jane Everett February 27, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    A bee and a (truck) bonnet?

  14. tony February 27, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    um… looks like an old bee-ter?

  15. Julie Malake February 27, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    The eyes of the bee do look a lot like the truck’s “eyes”…

  16. Craig Hemsath February 27, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    Opposite ends of the year, 6 months apart

  17. kisingov February 27, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    Bee’s eye resembles truk’s head light. Truk’s vertical front vents resemble bee’s belly stripes. Horizontal truk’s vent bars like bee’s legs fold in!

    Sent from the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro, an AT&T LTE smartphone

  18. Corner Garden Sue February 27, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    I enjoyed the photos and all the ideas people had for how they relate to each other.

  19. Sara McClure February 28, 2015 / 9:36 am

    Covered in snow and covered in pollen.

  20. Misi Ballard March 2, 2015 / 8:37 am

    The bees nested in the truck, unbeknownst to you, when you were a teenager, and you had an unhappy introduction to them that resulted in your running the truck off the dirt road, into the meadow where it still sits and the bees continue to nest there.

  21. James C. Trager March 3, 2015 / 10:37 am

    How about this ? … When the old car is hauled off, there will be a patch of bare soil left behind, in which an aggregation of that species of bee can dig its burrow nests.


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