The Sweet Life

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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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The Happy Visitor

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The sunshine flows over my mountain bringing life to the forest edge. As it graces my yard I find little golden speckles in it’s wake. The Dandelions seem to have sprouted up overnight. As look over patch near my walkway I noticed that a smaller golden speck rises from the bloom and lands on the next one.

I have already covered Dandelions as a wild edible in Forage Friday #5 but even more important to human life is what it means for the honeybees.

Most beekeepers actively ensure that their hives are well fed in winter and early Spring but the wild honeybees have no such luxury. They must refresh their stores st every opportunity and the dandelions are a golden harvest that comes just in the nick of time.

Image Titled “Honeybee And Dandelion 4720b”

In full disclosure, I’m not a beekeeper and don’t really understand the intricacies of honeybees. But as I understand it Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is still a thing. And while no cause has been scientifically proven among the top suspects in CCD are herbicides.

I’d love to claim that the reason why I don’t use herbicides in my yard is because of the honeybees but that’s only partially true. The simple fact is that I’ve never really been bothered by the dandelions on the lawn. The fact that they help support the bee population is a bonus.

Image Titled “Honeybee And Dandelion 4720c”

The little honeybee didn’t seem to mind at all that a giant hovered just inches away while she packed as much of the powdered sunlight into her saddlebags as possible. She just lovingly worked away in complete bliss of the treasury she found around my yard.

Just seeing her was a huge bright spot in my day because this was the first actual honeybee to bee seen on my property in about two years. The rest have been solitary bees like bumblebees. Perhaps this means that a new colony is somewhere on my mountain spreading joy in the forest.

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Letting Summer Out For A While

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Outside my window is cold and wet. The recent snow only lasted long enough to delay travel and make everything muddy. So I turned to the window in my hand. The one that shows the past and allows me to chose the season that wish to view. I scrolled through the days, weeks and months that were stored in the little black time machine in my hand until I found the one that made me feel warm. As I gaze into the image I can hear the buzz of tiny wings grooming each purple blossom and filling the air with a sweet aroma. Waves of heat emanate from the nearby parking lot as large soaring birds catch the thermals rising from the city. As I mentally step through the window the world around me becomes green and alive and for a few moments it’s Sumner again. The howling winds of winter are replaced with music coming from the open windows of the passing cars. I can feel the soft grass tickle my sandaled feet as approach the purple bloom in an attempt to observe the honeybee at work. She pays no attention to the giant hovering over her as she works. I carefully move the lens into place and “bottle up” the time so that on a cold winter day like today I can let Summer out to play for just a little while.

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A Busy Day With The Honeybees

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The Jewelweed behind my house moves like the wind is blowing but there’s no wind in any other part of my yard. I decided to step outside to see what was going on and the hum could be heard at a distance. I knew at once that it was the swarm. The flowers teeming with thousands of little wings darting to and fro with ” saddlebags” full of pollen. At one point in my life this would have been a terrifying experience but since facing up to my fears and learning more about these little ladies it’s a joy to see them. It was almost miraculous to see such a large number of honeybees because this photo was taken when colony collapse disorder was in all the headlines. You see, almost all life on earth depends on the honeybees to pollinate flowers and grow food. Even the predators depend on the herbivores who depend on the propagation of the plants. Since gaining my confidence around the honeybees I’ve found that they react to my presence differently as well. They no longer dive bomb me in an effort to bluff me into leaving. Instead they either ignore me completely or on some occasions they seem to be trying to figure out who I am. One time last year a honeybee followed me into the house, buzzed around the living room and then waited by the door like a puppy waiting to go outside.

I’ve discovered that standing back a bit with a long lens that photographing bees in flight was a good way to practice action shots. They only slow down when they land and they never really stop. Instead of causing anxiety it now brings a strange sense of peace to watch them working.

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Born With A Purpose

I believe that we’re all born for a purpose. Each person on planet earth has a work that they were born to do. A fortunate few will find a way to earn living while living within their purpose but most of us will have to have a “second life”. No matter how it’s done living your purpose is like nothing else. It’s not like regular work where your constantly checking the clock. Instead it’s tranquility. The little honeybee in the feature image was living her purpose. Nothing else in her world existed except the flowers. She seemed to be in a state of total bliss as she moved from bloom to bloom collecting her pollen. She was an inspiration for me to take more time to live life a way that fulfills my purpose.