Did I mention there are lots of bumblebees around here? I'm especially fond of those with the red backside, which are a bit rarer than those with yellow / white barcodes. It's also worth learning to find flowers that are attractive to both bumblebees and human viewers. (Not sure whether the thing below counts as a thistle, actually, the flower looks like one, but the leaves aren't prickly.)
I've uploaded this and a few other (even nicer) new photos to my flickr photostream.
For a selection of my favourite photos, visit fotocommunity where I am only allowed one upload per week, so have to be very selective.