Sunday, July 03, 2011

Busy, Buzzing, Bees! Sort Of.

Mine! All mine!
(Click pictures to enlarge)

"The solitary Bee
Whose buzzing was the only sound of life,
Flew there on restless wing,
Seeking in vain one blossom where to fix."
~ Robert Southey, Thalaba (bk. VI, st. 13)

One "busy" bee.

"How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower.
- Isaac Watts, Against Idleness

Drunk with nectar....languishing in the summer sun. Posted by Picasa

"Give and Take...
For to the bee a flower is a fountain if life
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love
And to both, bee and flower,
the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy."
~ Kahlil Gibran
"Busy as a bee" and how busy the bees have been this spring. We have all sizes from tiny little yellow fellows, all the way up to these giant bumble bees. They have latched on to the hyssops of blue and apricot (agastache), the lavender, daylilies, milkweed, black-eyed susan, and any other plant with anything that resembles a flower. Of course, the lavender and the bee balm (monarda) are the favorite. In fact, each bloom is often covered with two or three big bees at one time. I noticed that even at dusk when most insects are retreating for the night, these bees almost seemed to be in a bee-drunken stupor; settled down in between the blooms with wings folded, not moving even as the camera came to within inches of their heads. Yes, indeed... these two are drunk with delight. It wouldn't surprise me if they didn't stay on the flowers all night.

We had many bees last summer as well, but it seems as if there are more this year. And yet, the black swallowtail and monarchs are still slow to lay eggs on the abundant milkweed and fennel. Could the bees be part of the reason?

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Saturday Photo Hunt ~ Busy (late)
Mellow Yellow Monday


Kenju99 said...

How furry they are!! Great photos, SRP.

Ramblingwoods said...

I haven't seen that many bees yet, but I love seeing them and love how you caught their fuzzy bodies and twins... the monarch cat is still eating....I haven't killed it yet...

Ginny Hartzler said...

These pictures are all totally amazing!! I cannot even pick a favorite, which is usually no problem!! We seem to have many more bees, too. Even though I know bees are disappearing...

Patricia W Hunter said...

VERY cool photos!!! It's a funny thing, I cringed at the thought of insects before I fell in love with photography.  Now I just walk right up to them and hope they don't fly away. These are amazing bee photos. I LOVE them all.