Sunday, 7 June 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday - Yellow Makes Me Sneeze !!

MellowYellowMondayBadge least this particular yellow bush does. It's called Scotch Broom and in California, the Pacific Northwest, Australia and New Zealand, it is classified as an invasive noxious species.

In NZ it is estimated to cost the farming industry around NZ$10 million a year and the Forestry industry around NZ$90 million. It competes with newly planted seedlings for room and destroys grasslands needed for feeding stock.

When the seed pods mature, they open with a loud crack. There was a hill, not far from the home I owned back in NZ, that was covered in the stuff. It could be quite noisy at seed pod opening time !

In dry, sandy soils, it doesn't spread, so people, here in Reno, use it as a landscaping plant.

As a result, the month or so that the broom is in bloom, I am afflicted with sneezing, headaches, itchy eyes and other allergy symptoms..

The temptation to roam the streets with a flamethrower is quite strong. :-)

This one sits alone by the wall of the building that used to house Circuit City, before they went under.

It's a little unusual, as usually they are planted in clusters. perhaps the landscaper also had an allergy and could only handle one at a time!!

The bees love the flowers, so they're obviously not allergic. This little fellow had pollen sacs on it's back legs, that were packed full.

I liked the way the sunlight was making this one's wing glisten. You can also see that it's pollen sacs are pretty full as well.

It amazes me that they can fly with that type of load on board, as they were all gorging themselves with the pollen..

Have a great week, all :-)


Carol said...

Well, that bush has some nasty habits! But it looks pretty anyway...don't think I've noticed it's a great mellow yellow..

Carletta said...

Great shots - nice catch of the bee as well!
Sorry it causes some distress but it is a lovely bush.

Sally in WA said...

The yellow is nice, but it makes me sneeze too. Nice capture of the bee. :-)

kikamz said...

just reading your post makes me wanna sneeze too! great shot on the bee! if you look closely, they are almost yellow too!

Quiet Paths said...

When I see Scotch broom it always makes me know I am closer to the ocean. You've captured it's yellow essence perfectly!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful photos. My favorite is the bottom one!

Nukke said...

So many little flowers and so yellow !!!!!I have never seen a push like that :) Not in Finland

Vicki ~ FL said...

Beautiful bush and sorry if you're alergic to it.

Thanks for stopping by.

lv2scpbk said...

Pretty flowers. Love the up close shots.

Sue said...

Great pictures. I've never seen one of those before. They are pretty, but I don't think I'd like it either, I'd probably be sneezing. Happy MYM!

Regina said...

Beautiful MYM. Great shots.

Libby Murphy said...

Oh that little bee was a busy soul. Those wee creatures amaze me. Great shots!
Happy Twirls

Annie said...

It's amazing to me that something so pretty can be such a pest. Well, the word pest is sort of an understatement in this case, but you get my drift. The flowers remind me a snapdragons.

Candy said...

Just makes ya want to be a bee when you see such a site. Have you ever heard to eating honey from the local bees. Suppose to help with local allergies...but who knows. May be worth a try.

Thanks for stopping by the cave at Rock Candy.

Bless you!

2sweetnsaxy said...

That such a pretty little yellow flower. I'll bet it's swarming with bees too. I don't think I've ever seen this one. I'm sure I'd remember. Thanks for the information on and I'm so sorry about your reaction to it. :-(

Oh! And yes, now that you mention it that probably is a hedge rose. It must have been a type of rose because it was bushy covering an arch that led into another part of the rose garden.

Sarah said...

what stunnign yellow pics! Love them xx

Danielle said...

I like your sense of humor! I could almost imagine you with a flamethrower :) It was intersting reading about the sound they make and how much they cost everyone. They are kinda pretty though. That's neat how you can see the pollen on his legs. I've never seen that before. I hear ya about the allergies! It's bad here in Utah right now. My face is all itchy and watery and stuff. It's awful. Thank you so much for your input on the camera!!! It was very insightful and gave me a lot to think about and consider. The other things you mentioned about the tripod, pop-up flash and auto shutter release are things I haven't thought of so I appreciate that very much! I do think I'll go with at least 10 or higher megapixels for sure. I want to start doing family pictures for some people I know and see how it goes. I will probably take some classes and get to know the camera I buy first. Anyway, thanks again. You're so sweet to give your input:)

shopannies said...

very pretty bush

Happily Retired Gal said...

Hmm ... methinks I'd be sneezing around these blossoms too. Thanks for the lovely photos and the information too. I'm late to visit Mellow Yellow posts, but am doing what I can to catch up today ... just because ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

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