The tall ragged looking flowers are covered in thriving life as the sun floods through the mountains. In the wane of August it seems that the taller flowers rule the landscape until the crisping of Autumn. This one is wild lettuce. Also known as prickly lettuce and it’s blue flowers seem to draw a wide variety of insects to my Appalachian home. The slow roll of thunder in the distance doesn’t really alarm them as they enjoy the sweet blooms. I’m a little disappointed in the lower numbers of butterflies that have come to visit after such a promising Spring but I also know that nature always brings things into balance. Still, one comes along just when it’s supposed to. It’s fed by blooms that only open at just the right time and remain open only for that one day.
The universe runs as a fine tuned instrument. Everyone’s needs are met at the moment of need. The pollinators are there at the precise moment and location that they needed.
Another thing that I noticed while observing life surrounding a so called weed was that there was no fighting among the pollinators. Honeybees, bumblebees, sweat bees, wasps of every type along with flies and butterflies all working on the same cluster of flowers and all were civil to each other. But that may not be coincidence. A quick search of the internet found that some studies have indicated that the scents made by the flowers have a calming effect on the various insects that visit them. Even in my own work I’ve noticed that aggressive insects like hornets will tolerate the lens well inside what is normally their discomfort zone. And when I get a little too close they simply leave rather than charge. Perhaps the next time one manages to get in the house I’ll reach for the lavender oil before swatting and attempt a live catch and release well away from the door.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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