bathing in pollen
before autumn awakens
Whenever I can, I like to get in a dose of nature as part of my morning routine – regardless of the season or weather.
invisible in plain sight
Refocus your attention to reveal a new perspective, or a new world!
(Did you also notice the little black bee in the photo? I felt quite lucky to have captured a shot with three little critters!)
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge encourages us to
share a picture that says In the Background.
residence for spooks
sporting indelible costumes
Does this look spooky to you, even without seeing any of its residents?
This nest is a residence for the Bald Faced Hornet and was in my mother’s yard in her large Asian Pear tree. It was about 3-feet off the ground and larger than a football in diameter. When she told me about it last week while I was visiting her, curiosity motivated me to have a quick look and snap a couple of photos. However, fear of having a painfully potent encounter with lots of small black spooky-looking things drove me away very quickly. I have been stung before by yellowjackets and bees, and I’ve stepped on a bumble bee nest by accident – big owwwwwie for several days!! So I decided to use Wikipedia’s photo below so you can see what the little critter looks like up close.
Here is some information about the Bald Faced Hornet:
This is for the letter “R” Story Challenge by Frizztext, to share a short story or reflection, even an aphorism using a word tagged with each letter of the alphabet.
Kim Klassen texture used – Providence
sustains mind and body
We still have a few honeybees buzzing around drinking in the last few drops of nectar from our flowers before they are done for the season.
What nourishes you? What is the nectar that feeds your mind, body, and/or spirit?
attracts a welcome friend
This lupine blossom seems to be extending an invitation to be pollinated by its buzzing friend! Also, the surrounding blossoms create a nice purple background, in line with this week’s theme (and one of my favorite colors).
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to share a photo that means PURPLE to you!
“I’m busy as a bee
collecting the drink
for future queens”
(“Oh wait, I AM a bee…a worker bee!”)
This bumble bee is likely a tricolored bumble bee based on my google searches (bombus ternarius). Bumble bees are valuable pollinators and produce only enough honey to feed their young. The ones visiting us, like this one, tend to favor the oregano blossoms in our garden and don’t seem to mind me when I have a camera directly in their faces. They just go about their business. However, I accidentally stumbled on a bumble bee nest one time while working in the yard…and paid for it dearly!
This post is for the “P” Challenge by Frizztext (“P” is for Pollinator)
Other articles about bumble bees: