The First Honeybee Of 2021

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Redbud & Honeybee 41121” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The Light falls softly in the misty forest of my mountain. The redbud opened a few days ago in anticipation of the arrival of the Honeybees. And today they arrived ahead of rain. I’m overjoyed to see them because a few years ago I only had one and then after that there was a couple of years with no honeybees at all. She doesn’t seem to mind the camera as long as it doesn’t interfere with her work. She floats delicately through the mists grooming the flowers and then returning to them a few minutes later. Her legs are well packed with pollen and the bloom rewards her efforts by making the nectar sweeter. The visitation is a mark in my natural calendar. The bumblebees arrive first, then the Honeybees followed by the large Carpenter Bees and the tiny Mason Bees. And sometime this coming week or so the Hummingbirds are expected to return. The tiny Honeybee eventually decides that she’s done with this bush for now and vanishes into the mists headed for home as the rain begins to fall slowly. Which is also a sign for the photographer to get his equipment into a dry house and start the editing.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

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Living In Your Purpose

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Sweet and Sunny 90820a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Sunshine fills the little valley with it’s creeks and meadows alive with the buzzing of tiny wings. Her work is not labor. The secret to her diligence is not in discipline to do that which is undesirable but the desire to do that which is natural. I often consider that many of the problems of the artificial world that controls so much of our lives is rooted in methods that go against the natural flow of life. A single bee weighs .00025 of a pound and over the course of it’s lifetime it will produce a tablespoon of honey. How much work does this represent? A honeybee lives between 122 and 152 days and will visit 5000 flowers per day to produce enough honey to sweeten a single cup of tea. And she does this with a happy attitude.

They say that if you can get paid to do what you love then you’ll never work a day in your life. My observation is that if you are living in your purpose then you’ll enjoy what you’re doing and the rest is just circumstance.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Second Harvest

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Sweet Duties 90820″and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The changing breezes call out to the workers “come and follow.” As they yield to scent floating on soft currents they fan out amid the fall flowers. Blue-green leaves spread in welcoming gestures bend and sway softly as the little feet find their landing. Pale yellow flowers gaze down and smile in their own way as the grooming begins. The wings beat out music that’s only understood by nature and the beekeepers soul. The little ones perform their work without promoting from human hands. This is the second harvest of God’s providence and it’s the most important to the hive. The first harvest was given in tribute to the kindly master of the hive in tribute. But this harvest will carry the hive through on days when it’s too cold to fly and the forage is scarce. It’s an important task but one that’s performed without angst. The last days of the sun are still plentiful and there’s more than enough for everyone.

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An Observation Of Honeybees And Wingstem

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Honeybee On Wingstem 90820a” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

Nothing in this world is insignificant. Throughout my life I’ve endeavored to learn how to live. I’m not talking about the pursuit of a paycheck or optimal health or any of the hardline assets that we collect. I desire the experience of something more than mere existence as a cog in the machine. I find it odd that we as a society are so focused on the “What’s In It For Me” factor to the point that if we don’t see instant gratification we think of something as worthless. Tonight’s feature image shows such a thing. Not so much the honeybee but the flowers they are so engaged with right now. It’s called Wingstem. It has no known medical value. It’s not collected as food and in spite of pleasing color it’s not a garden flower. In fact if I were to have pulled back from the plant and shot it at a wide angle you would see that it’s spindly and twisted. And yet at the very moment the shutter snapped it’s showing us it’s value as a food for the honeybee. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade you’ll know that the honeybee population is of great concern. Whole colonies are dying out and I’ve heard a few theories about what might be happening. Personally I think there’s multiple factors but one thing for sure is that bees have to eat. I noticed that even though there’s still a lot of pollen for them right now they don’t seem to be collecting it. They’re also ignoring the ironweed and Joe Pye weed that all the other pollenators are going nuts for right now. The only flower that this colony is focused on is the Wingstem. I’m not a bee expert so I’m not sure what it is about this particular wildflower that only the honeybees are interested in but my pattern recognition says that the nectar from Wingstem is very important to them right now. Wingstem is one of those plants that humans consider a weed because it’s of no direct use to us and most people cut it back when it turns up. But we definitely need the honeybees and they seem to it. Perhaps God made the Wingstem so unappealing to us because it’s for the bees to have all to themselves.

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Enjoying The Sweetness

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Honeybee And White Clover 71620” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

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.

Image Titled “Honeybee And Rib Grass 71620a”

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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