Summer breezes gently flow across the treetops and spill into my yard. The creek is low from the lack of significant rain but it still babbles away like a toddler telling a reallygood story. My shadow falls across an eddie and the pool shimmers with small fish looking for a better spot to hide from the giant on the bank. I’ve allowed the lawn to go without being mowed for several weeks due to the dry weather and the clover has taken full advantage of the opportunity to live. At a distance I see more of white clusters move independent of the wind and know that the hive is also happy with my decision to let nature take its course for a while. The number of honeybees still isn’t really what it was a few years ago but the fact that they are so noticeable recently is encouraging. The brood is pretty tame but I don’t want to interfere with their work so I selected my long lens and lay on my belly in the grass.
The little honeybee obliges me by imeadiatly landing on the blossom I had selected. I couldn’t help but to be amused when her whole face disappeared in the tiny flower. It remindedme of a horse eating from a feed sack. She will only use a small portion of nectar to top off her tank and the rest will be delivered to the hive wherever they have chosen to tuck it away. She alternates between the nectar of the clover and the pollen of the rib grass.
The summer is short for me but for the worker honeybee it’s her whole life. At the most she has 7 weeks to enjoy the sun and feast on the sweetness of summer. There’s nothing else in her universe but the sun and the fields of sweet clover to enjoy. Perhaps the truth is that she does realize how small her world is and she choses to focus on the good things. That which is limited is most cherished and she has the will to pursue every second of her purpose.
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