As I approach the cluster of Ribwort the tall seedheads sway without a breeze to drive them. As look over the patch I see a few more. They’re not quite as numerous as they once were but there’s more than last year. My heart smiles for the hope that the hive has grown.
Moving in a little closer I tried to pick just one of the honeybees to follow. She pays no attention to me as I get within range of the lens. She simply continues to collect the nectar and pollen. She’s very content with her life. I’ve come to the conclusion that most of nature lives in contentment because they get to live the life they were created for.
The honeybee is only concerned with what’s in season and which plant to visit. She knows that in spite of the humble appearance the of the Ribwort it’s a prolific pollen producer. I do have to wonder if the bee uses the pollen in a special way. The Ribwort is traditionally a medicinal herb. It’s so iconic that at one time it’s form was used symbol to identify apothecaries. I’m not really an expert on honeybees but I do know that they store special types of propolis with strong antimicrobial agents as well as the honey they’re known for. Perhaps the reason why she’s so content while visiting the Ribwort is because she’s found the compound in nature that will help her hive to rebuild and become strong once again.
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