Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Bee Story

I'm quite captivated by non-gross insects and having our garden has helped that interest grow. Today I watched a bee collecting pollen from one of our sunflowers and although I know people have seen this a million times, it was fascinating to watch through the lens of my camera.

The bee was using his front legs to grab pollen and pile it up on his head. He really piled it on and seemed to smash it up there like a big yellow hat.He was wiggling his back end to fill his legs with pollen and his legs looked really heavy with fluffy yellow balls. He made sure to fully circle the center of the flower and seemed quite intent on getting a bit of pollen from each part of the disc.
He even flew around a few times and dropped little pieces of pollen off his back legs in flight.
If our garden has taught me anything so far, it's to stop and appreciate the small stuff. I hate being cliché, but it's true. Without a garden I would never have discovered the beauty of dragonflies, the grossness of tomato hornworms or the fascination of a bumble bee at work. So even if we don't grow anything edible from this garden, at least we've gained something from it: a little appreciation of the small things in life.

5 comments:

Jonah Lisa said...

That is so cool. Great photos.

aussie gardening in America said...

gorgeous photos, gardens really make you appreciate life more

engineeredgarden said...

Great photos, Kate! Bees are my little friends, and I take good care of them. In return, they visit my plants every morning, and pollinate the flowers. Good post...

EG

engineeredgarden said...

Hey Kate, just wanted to let you know that I'm posting about BT tonight on my blog. I worked really hard on it, and hope you and others like it....

Kate and Crew said...

Wow EG - your timing is perfect. Off to check it out. I had planned on trying it for the first time tomorrow!! THANKS!!!

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