Despite not really having any time, I took some time last week to get outdoors (because you know, you just have to do that sometimes. It's unhealthy to live in front of your computer). These photos are mostly from one or two outings, but I'll confess that I slipped in a few from prior years. Sorry about the dates on those! (Oh, and I didn't take these photos. Another family member did).
The bees were very busy. There aren't tons of flowers at this time of year, but they were taking advantage of those still in bloom.
These were taken in several locations. One or two may be from the Little Red Schoolhouse in Willow Springs, Illinois; there are some from Lyman Woods Interpretive Center in Downers Grove, Illinois; there's at least one from the Paul Lange Arboretum in Delavan, Wisconsin, and the one below is from Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside, Illinois).