Whenever I put the macro lens on my camera and set out for a field trip I learn something new. Last year I found a metallic green sweat bee and a yellow bee with blue eyes. This year I found a black bee with green eyes and ...
A yellow heart bug (yes, I know, none of these are scientific names, in fact, if somebody can provide a scientific name, please do so in the comments, I'll edit them in):
A golden bee:
EDIT: thanks to Steven Halter's attentive eye, this beautiful bee has been identified as Osmia ribifloris. Thanks, Steve! Here she is, again, poking her head out of the thistle thorn and realizing she's no longer alone. "Ladies! I was here first!"
Bugs weren't the only encounters. This fellow gave us a lesson on where to properly cross the road. A huge SUV politely stopped and waited.
Finally, I did swap lenses at some point and took this picture for my friend Hollis, who's the expert on rock formations and their awesome colors. These are red rocks in Jemez Springs, NM.