Sunday, July 31, 2011
Better Late than Never!
So here's the buzz. Mere hours after I published my "B for Bergamot" post for ABC Wednesday, BW and I took the dogs for a hike. I, of course, took my camera, on account of you just never know. And this time while we were amongst the fields of blooming bergamot, we were joined by a big, fuzzy bumblebee. I've tried and tried in years past to get a single good photo of a bee on a wildflower, to no avail. Until now! When I got not one, but several!
Doesn't that just figure? These would have been perfect on my ABC Bergamot post, and I thought about adding one to it, but I was, ahem... too bzzzzy! :-) Besides, I had gotten enough good photos that I thought they deserved a post of their own. So here it finally is (click on pics to enlarge)...
Arrivals, Concourse Bee ;-)
Check out his little feet, grasping the petals
BW really wanted me to include this video, even though except for a wiggly-butted bee balancing precariously on a flower and enjoying his nectar smoothie, not much happens. Until the very end, when you'll want your speakers turned up to catch all the excitement ;-) ...
He seemed to be getting full at this point,
so instead of flying to the next flower,
he just reached over and grabbed the adjacent one!
A good look at his big, black eyes
Departures, Concourse Bee
Bon voyage, you precious little pollinator!
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"