Bumblebee And Thistle

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The last of the morning dew evaporates into mountain air. I have returned to the place of my childhood for a short walk around the fields and forest edge. I opened the gate and drove through a short distance. Even though the cattle are in a different paddock I got out of the truck to latch the gate closed. Just like my grandfather taught me. I had made a promise when I was ten to always close the gate behind me. Even though he passed away in the 80s I have never broken that promise. As I was getting ready to get back into the truck the moment on the thistle caught my eye. The tiny little crawled through purple tuft atop the spiny stalk not wanting to miss a single drop of nectar. She seems so peaceful as she diligently foraged her way across the flower. I remembered seeing that bumblebees were trending on the internet and I decided not to pass on the opportunity. Even though bumblebees are generally docile I elected to use the long lens so that I didn’t pressure her. Her pollen sacks were nearly full in no time. Yet, she didn’t really seem to rush. I remembered the saying by Lao Tzu, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

I started to compare the work being accomplished by the bumblebee in contrast to the expectations of the corporate world. The bee has a relatively short time to gather as much of the pollen as possible. But she isn’t really stressed out about how much there is to do. She doesn’t multitask. She simply sorts through the florets one at a time until the plant stops producing. Then she doesn’t linger in the dry bloom and moves on to the next. She measures her productivity not my volume but by the completeness of the task.

I was able to get several good picture of the Bumblebee And Thistle before the moment was gone. I am particularly happy with the black and white version of tonight’s feature image.

I think that the black and white version brings out more texture.

It wasn’t long before the bumblebee decided that she was finished and returned to wherever the nest was.

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She Works Best Alone

The late summer sun beams down into an abandoned pasture. The Ironweed is tall and tipped with bright purple flowers that seem to resemble a fireworks display frozen in mid burst. The plants sway back and forth as if the breeze is shaking them but there’s no wind today. As I step closer I can hear the constant hum of thousands of tiny winged workers. The bees are too busy collecting the pollen to bother with chasing the photographer. However, I don’t to encroach to far into their workspace. I walked up to the closest flower and the huge carpenter bee doesn’t really react to lens hovering just above her head. She checks each bloom one at a time mentally keeping notes about which ones will be ready tomorrow. Unlike the honeybees she is a solitary bee. She loves her neighbors but avoids the hustle and bustle of a hive. She has only her own brood to care for and she likes it that way. As she gave the flowers one last double check she moved into the right position for me to snap the shutter. I take a few more shots so that I can choose the best ones to keep. Then it’s time to let this working girl get back to business and I take my big blue truck to the next destination.

The Lost Art Of Being

I watched this bumblebee working on the thistle and became enamored with the simplicity of its life. She isn’t in a rush to complete a quota. She isn’t distracted by all the activity of the other insects. She’s just being a bee and doing what she was born to do. She seemed to take pleasure in her small uncomplicated life.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~Lao Tzu

I sometimes wonder if the reason why everyone is always in such a rush is that we have left our natural purposes.

Somewhere, deep down inside we all know who we were born to be. It has nothing to do with jobs, social status or the expectations of others. It’s the thing that you do that causes you to lose track of time. When you look up and you’re amazed at how much got done without effort.

When you are just being what you were truly meant to be. That’s what happiness is.