jasna Guy (@guyjasna) — I am an artist who loves to observe bees and pollinators. My practice includes the exploration of the floral resources that pollinators require.
More from the Summit:
Oregon Bee Project Day 3 of the conference — a day of work
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More from the Summit: Oregon Bee Project Day 3 of the conference — a day of workshops! 1. I attended the Pollinator Landscaping workshop, and the first speaker was garden designer and author Kate Frey. That’s her book, “Bee Friendly Gardens” which she co-authored with biologist Gretchen LeBrun. Kate designs sustainable, pollinator friendly landscapes; she loves abundance, diversity and colour arranged in organic repeating patterns. Every plant she chooses is wildlife friendly. The book is beautiful, gorgeously illustrated, well-written, with lots of useful, practical information, and with extensive plant lists and resources. 2. Kate’s gardens have won some prestigious awards. This is from the 2007 Chelsea Garden Show, where her garden design won a gold medal. Kate was telling us that the British thought her riotous use of colour rather ‘vulgar’. But the garden did win a gold medal despite the low brow taste.🤣 What I liked, especially, about her presentation was that she showed us her gardens from soil prep, to early season blooms, to high summer and then into fall. Really gave the audience a chance to see how the gardens progress, and change through the seasons. 3. Lynda Boyer talked with us next. She’s the owner of a native plant nursery, Heritage Seedlings. 4. Lynda’s nursery is also part of the fantastic Flagship Farms Program that the Oregon Bee Project created to support farmers and nurseries who promote pollinator diversity. Lynda was also featured, just recently, on the PolliNation podcasts through OSU @oregonbeeproject and Dr Andony Melathopoulos. Great podcast! 5. More amazing Sam Droege in the afternoon. Some pretty finely detailed information on Bee ID. Also a superb run through of the Discover Life website. Exceedingly useful help here! 6 & 7: Two shots of just one of the wonderful pollinator gardens on the grounds of the OSU campus! Day 3, I must say, another extraordinary treat. Great presenters. Wish I could have attended all the workshops offered! #nativepollinators#oregonbeeproject#corvallisoregon#katefreygardens#beefriendlygardens#oregonbeeatlas
18.02.2019 16:39:15
Canadian Contingent and some Legendary Gurus!
1. Just completed the 2-day Summit
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Canadian Contingent and some Legendary Gurus! 1. Just completed the 2-day Summit and Bee Symposium at OSU. So many incredible presenters, it’s been an enriching experience, to say the least! You might recognize lead taxonomist for the Oregon Bee Atlas, the inimitable Canadian, Lincoln Best. @beesofcanada 2: Some great research presented here, including super bee nerd and bumblebee expert, Sarah Johnston, SFU PhD candidate. @manysarahs 3: Marika Van Reeuwyk of Vancouver’s EYA, presenting on the superb work done with youth through the Environmental Youth Alliance. Way to go, Marika! @enviroyouthalliance 4 & 5: It was such an honour to listen to and to meet legendary naturalist, writer, researcher and bee guru, Sam Droege @usgsbiml Extraordinarily lucky to have this opportunity! 6: Rich Hatfield of Xerces @xercessociety. Such a treat to learn more about his superb Bumblebees PNW Atlas. 7: There were over 35 presenters here, I think everyone at this Summit carried that same tune —echoed in the passion and dedication of all of the presenters—that WE are part of the pollinators and their habitats and it is we, who must have a philosophy of CARE towards this shared environment. A memorable experience this Symposium with so much to think about and to consider and so many important new friendships to nurture! Thank you Andony @oregonbeeproject and OSU. #oregonbeeatlas#corvallisoregon#nativepollinators
16.02.2019 15:04:56
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Winter Study: Hamamelis x intermedia, Hamamelidaceae. 
Witch Hazel species.
I’ve
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Winter Study: Hamamelis x intermedia, Hamamelidaceae. Witch Hazel species. I’ve long been intrigued by the strange, thread-like, brightly coloured flowers of this plant, but since it blooms when there are no bees, I’ve left it for a while. This lightly-fragrant species is a native of Asia, and blooms from Dec-March. There are species of Witch Hazel native to eastern NA, notably Hamamelis virginiana, which blooms in the fall, and provides nectar and pollen to some intrepid foragers when resources are scarce. (Would like to study this species!) 1: Inflorescence is a cluster of 3-4 bisexual flowers on a short stem. 2: Small specimen. 3: Rear view of floral cluster, showing the protective bracts, and long, spindly, bright petals. 4: Drawing page and some very cool stuff: Each tiny flower is composed of a calyx of 4 burgundy sepals, with a densely hairy exterior. 4 strapy petals; 4 stamens with valvate anthers that open like little wings to shed their sticky pollen; 4 sterile, nectar-secreting staminodes; and 2 stigmas. The staminodes are super tiny, so I was unable to verify the presence of nectar. Relying on written authorities here. 5: Microscopic view of one valve of an anther, showing the tiny yellow pollen grains. 6: Microscopic view of a leaf, showing the dense stellar hairs. (Another cool discovery.) Witch Hazel has been used by First Nations peoples for medicinal purposes for eons! #flowersforbeesherbarium#pollinatorsandflowers#hamamelisxintermedia#dailydrawing#nectarandpollencollection#staminodes#botanicalimagery
11.02.2019 15:48:38
A Few More Blue Notes:
To complete the blue pollen grid I recently posted.
There
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A Few More Blue Notes: To complete the blue pollen grid I recently posted. There are 6 plants here; some have 2 colour swatches because pollen tones can vary (for a variety of reasons). Pollen collected by bumblebees and honeybees has nectar mixed in with it, so the colour will be darker and more intense. I’ve collected pollen from one species of plant, in 2 or 3 different locations, and the pollen tones were slightly different at each location. It is very cool. I’ve included only one native bee species in this little composite —a brilliant, metallic sweat bee, an Agapostemon sp. from the Halictidae family. She’s gorgeous, has blue eyes and blue pollen from Gilia tricolour on her hind legs! And, she can sonicate, (buzzzzzz-pollinate) too! #pollinatorsandflowers#florilegium#flowersforbeesherbarium#dailydrawing#pollencolours#agapostemon#bluepollen#nativepollinators
06.02.2019 18:27:53
Colour Grid, yes,
but also a small sampling of the colours of pollen from the bl
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Colour Grid, yes, but also a small sampling of the colours of pollen from the blue/blue-green spectrum. 2: The pollen colour highlighted on the bottom right-hand corner belongs to an exotic ornamental plant, Akebia quinata, Chocolate Vine. Lardizabalaceae. 3: Akebia is a monoecious plant, meaning that it has both functionally male and functionally female flowers on the same plant. This is a male flower with its incredible blue-green pollen colour. 4: Female flower with 6-9 thick, pistils. 5: Drawing of partially dissected female flower. Cool thing - the female flower has 6 staminodes, sterile male parts. 6: Drawing (longitudinal section, 3 stamens and 1 tepal removed) Male flower, on the other hand, besides having 6 unusually shaped stamens, also has a sterile carpel (female part). 7: Actual pollen collected from the anthers. My plant produces no nectar, but Kawago & Suzuki (2002) state that some plants do. I collected these specimens from my garden last year. The vine blooms in April here. It’s a very fragrant, beautiful and floriferous plant, but I have yet to photograph a bee actually foraging on Akebia. Has anyone had any experiences with Akebia? #pollinatorsandflowers#dailydrawing#pollencolours#florilegium#akebiaquinata#chocolate vine #bluepollen
04.02.2019 13:44:31
In print!
The incredible and generous Brian & Crystine of Uprising Seeds @uprisi
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In print! The incredible and generous Brian & Crystine of Uprising Seeds @uprising.seeds have featured some of my work in their new seed catalogue. Such a great experience to share in this undertaking, although I must admit that the Campbells did more than the lion’s share of the work — selecting images, creating layouts, proofs, reproofs - quite a process, indeed. Thank you Brian & Crystine for this wonderful opportunity to share my interest in pollinators through the vision of your catalogue. 🙏🐝
02.02.2019 15:48:04
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To tiny flowers: Cynoglossum species, Boraginaceae. Chinese Forget-Me-Nots.
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To tiny flowers: Cynoglossum species, Boraginaceae. Chinese Forget-Me-Nots. Collected last summer. These little blossoms were both a delight and a challenge to dissect because of their tiny size. I did not get to taste much nectar as a result, but the gurus say, there is nectar produced, and certainly, the foragers that visit seem to be happy with the offerings. I have seen a variety of bees, from bumblebees ( that weigh the blossoms down with their heft), to tiny sweat bees whose heads fit nicely into the blossom. #florilegium#botanicallyinspired#pollinatorsandflowers#cynoglossum#boraginaceae#pollenandnectarcollectors#pollencolours#dailydrawing
29.01.2019 19:26:00
Starting from the end: for the beauty.
1. Dried, dissected, cultivated Ranunculu
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Starting from the end: for the beauty. 1. Dried, dissected, cultivated Ranunculus specimen with its incredible numbers of crinkly petals. 2. The fresh blossom before its transformation by incision and death. 3: Drawing page. I’ve dissected the blossom and removed all the petals to show the central reproductive structures. The receptacle holds hundreds of tiny burgundy/red-tipped pistils. Surrounding the pistils are 2 whorls of stamens whose anthers produce this beautiful dark purple pollen. I’ve added a pollen sample from 2017. Surprisingly it had retained its colour (so often the colours are fugitive)! I bought a little spring mix planter which had some Ranunculus in it, so it is not for pollinator-study, just for aesthetic appreciation and curiosity! #botanicallyinspired#ranunculus#ranunculaceae#pollencolours#dailydrawing#florilegium
27.01.2019 18:20:02
Lovage study: Levisticum officinale, Apiaceae. Continuing with yesterday’s seed-
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Lovage study: Levisticum officinale, Apiaceae. Continuing with yesterday’s seed-focussed images, here is a partial dissection of a single lovage blossom from one of the umbellets. One entire pressed umbel specimen from the plant is also added for reference. The main thing for me is that the “umbrella-like” structure of the umbels (typical of the carrot/parsley family) offer visitors and pollinators landing pads and a literal buffet of easy/access tiny fragrant flowers on which to forage. Nectar quite literally glistens on the surface of the central enlarged style bases, and the 5 anthers, perched on long filaments, shed generous quantities of golden yellow pollen. Photo 2, 3 and 4 show a few foragers, and a fatal encounter. Possibly, the first bee is an Andrena, sipping nectar; the second, a sweat bee revelling in pollen (@beesofcanada yay or nay?); and the third, a fly who found more than it expected! #botanicallyinspired#pollinatorsandflowers#flowersforbeesherbarium#levisticumofficinale#lovage#nectarandpollencollection
12.01.2019 16:18:21
Part 1: Lovage, pressed, dried, tiny ovary with its 2 styles on top and the enla
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Part 1: Lovage, pressed, dried, tiny ovary with its 2 styles on top and the enlarged base (called a stylopodium). Please check my Profile page to see the 3 parts of this Lovage suite together. #botanicallyinspired#pollinatorsandflowers#flowersforbeesherbarium#levisticumofficinale#lovage#seed
11.01.2019 19:35:18
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Part 2: 
Umbel in seed, Lovage, Levisticum officinale, Apiaceae.
Please check my
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Part 2: Umbel in seed, Lovage, Levisticum officinale, Apiaceae. Please check my Profile page to see the whole umbel. #botanicallyinspired#pollinatorsandflowers#flowersforbeesherbarium#levistucumofficinale#gardenlovage#seeds
11.01.2019 19:05:13
Part 3:
I’m borrowing a posting idea from the incredible @dr.alison_botanical_ar
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Part 3: I’m borrowing a posting idea from the incredible @dr.alison_botanical_artist, (breaking up the grid symmetry of her Profile page with large images that span several postings). Here it goes, starting with the 3rd part. #botanicallyinspired#pollinatorsandflowers#flowersforbeesherbarium#umbell#seeds
11.01.2019 18:57:04
Plants that draw themselves: Borage branch and seeds.
I collected a few branches
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Plants that draw themselves: Borage branch and seeds. I collected a few branches of borage at the end of the season and left them to dry without pressing them. What a delight to discover their dessicated, undulating forms and their little deeply-ridged seeds. #botanicallyinspired#pollinatorsandflowers#flowersforbeesherbarium#boragoofficinalis#boraginaceaefamily
08.01.2019 18:51:13
Marking the year end: Amaryllis and playing with willow charcoal.
I sacrificed m
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Marking the year end: Amaryllis and playing with willow charcoal. I sacrificed my Christmas amaryllis to experiment with it and some charcoal: Make a drawing, photograph it, erase a part, or parts, photograph the image again, then repeat the process until you’ve exhausted the story idea or are totally covered in charcoal. Super fun! I love the smudges, the erasures and the ghost images. Amaryllis is a native to tropical regions of the Americas from Argentina, north to Mexico and the Caribbean (according to the texts). It has two names, apparently— Hippaestrum and Amaryllis; however, the later is the name given to the cultivars, indoor flowering, sold at Christmas. The plant is insect pollinated in its native habitat. On a totally different note,(sorry no pun intended) I’ve found two very beautiful Baroque madrigals sung in honour of the lovely and much loved young woman Amarilli”, the Italian version of Amaryllis. (Caccini and Monteverdi). The plant gets around! #botanicallyinspired#pollinatorsandflowers#hippeastrum#amaryllis#madrigals#dailydrawing#willowcharcoaldrawing
30.12.2018 15:18:02
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Rudolph Levity:
To those out there who are still making holiday cards and gift t
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Rudolph Levity: To those out there who are still making holiday cards and gift tags, and desperately need to draw a reindeer, here’s a foolproof, easy, 4-step how-to!!!😉 Happy ‘Turned-the-corner-on-winter’ day to all!✨May all your reindeer be spectacular too. #solstice#holidayhumour
22.12.2018 18:53:29
Gaillardia aristata, Asteraceae, herbarium specimen study:
1. A scanned image of
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Gaillardia aristata, Asteraceae, herbarium specimen study: 1. A scanned image of partial, double-whorled involucral bracts with their incredible, translucent, crinkly-textured hairs. 2 & 3: couldn’t figure out why the hairs of the gaillardia had that strange appearance until I put the specimens under the microscope. There are tiny circles of totally transparent tissue in the hairs, clearly visible on all the hairs that are coloured. 4: composite of parts - the disc florets in varying degrees of maturity; the 3-cleft ray florets, and samples of each of the bracts. 5: Visitors, foragers and pollinators: male and female leaf-cutter bees. Not sure if they are of the same species though. LB, @beesofcanada, what say you? 6: Osmia (I think), sharing with a super tiny sweat bee. 7: mating or fighting? 8: a fritillary alights for a drink. 9: And to end, I held up a b&w photo rendering of a blossom, against window light. Images taken this past July in the southern Okanagan; specimens collected on the roadside between Twin Lakes and White Lake. #botanicallyinspired#pollinatorsandflowers#flowersforbeesherbarium#gaillardia aristata #okanaganbees#okanaganflora
07.12.2018 19:04:34
The Bees Do Dream:
I discovered that snowflakes form their magical shapes around
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The Bees Do Dream: I discovered that snowflakes form their magical shapes around tiny particles of dust, but also around pollen grains. That idea, of pollen swirling high up in the frigid skies, absolutely blew me away, and of course, created an unexpected link to bees. #botanicallyinspired#pollinatorsandflowers#snowflakesandpollen#flowersforbeesherbarium#florilegium#pollen#winter2018#beesdodream
03.12.2018 17:43:25
Fabaceae twirl 2 ways:
This Lupine (lupinus species) fuzzy seed pod, with its se
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Fabaceae twirl 2 ways: This Lupine (lupinus species) fuzzy seed pod, with its seeds already ejected, curled upon itself as it dried. 2: A soft-pastel interpretation of a pod with one dark little pea still in its cradle. 3: Alfalfa seed pods (Medicago sativa), spirally coil upon themselves, a very cool space-saving adaptation. Does the coil serve other purposes, I wonder? You can see the remnants of the style and stigma at the end of the final coil. 4: Drawing in soft-pastel. #botanicalimagery#dailydrawing#flowersforbeesherbarium#florilegium#medicagosativa#lupinus#schminkesoftpastels#fabaceae#seedsandpods
23.11.2018 15:19:14
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