The sun continues it’s sacred arch over the Appalachian Forest as I await the end of the dog days of summer. The Carpenter Bees however are in full work mode as they visit my little stand of Rose Of Sharon. I’m amused by the amount of pollen that clings to their round bodies and I’m taken back to my days of building pre-fab wall panels and cutting sheets of drywall. There were days when my clothes and hair seemed to hold as much gypsum as the stack of wall segments waiting to be hauled to the build site. I smiled as as bee floated by in the thick humid air and thought. “It’s a dirty job but somebody’s got to do it.
She heads right for the thickest part of pollen in an effort to get as much of the precious dust in her first as possible while she drinks and gathers a small amount of nectar. She’ll carry it back to her tunnel and form it into a cake for her brood.
As the bee moves from flower to flower she accumulates more and more pollen until she feels the need to return to her home base.
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As she lifted off and actually flew over my shoulder I decided it was time to take her example and return to my home base as well.
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