The bees are so fed up with this cold grey weather that they really make the most of it as soon as the sun shines. This morning there was a lot of pollen being brought in. As soon as they saw the camera the bees were pausing on the outside of the hive to have their picture taken before going in. The photos show well the variation in colours of the bees (for non-beekeepers, the bees all have the same mother but many different fathers) and in the size and colour of their pollen loads.
Because the light was good there was an opportunity to try a few flight shots as well.
Most of the pollen was bright yellow, usually with very full baskets, with some medium sized loads of orange and occasional cream or pale yellow.