Thar’s gold in them thar hills.
And also bumble bees.
If you visit the Sonoma County coastal town of Bodega Bay, and drive up to Bodega Head overlooking the ocean, you’ll see a carpet of gold flowers known as coastal goldfields or Lasthenia...
Windswept Bumble Bee
BUMBLE BEE (Bombus bifarious) nectaring coastal goldfields at Bodega Bay. This species is the second most common bumble bee species at Bodega Bay. This is a worker or female. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male Bumble Bee
MALE BUMBLE BEE, a Bombus bifarius, nectaring coastal goldfields at Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Eyes Have It
THIS BUMBLE BEE, a worker or female bee, is a Bombus vosnesenskii, the most common bumble bee at Bodega Bay. She is nectaring coastal goldfields (Lasthenia minor), a native wildflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)