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Sunday, July 24, 2011

small stones buzzing

I am reminded of the tireless industry of insects, birds and animals during the dog days of summer. The yellow Common Mullein blooming now always seems to have some insect buzzing around or a bird resting on top.
Again this season bees are struggling with more viruses causing major colony collapse across North America. I overheard two beekeepers at the local farmers market saying that many beekeepers are 'sharing' bees from each other's hives, trying to keep the hives balanced. So, I was happy to photograph this bee and wishes it well on its journey back to the hive..
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
 One clover, and a bee,
 And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
Emily Dickinson
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12 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

Bee hives and public schools--they tell us about the state of our world.

Your photos are delightful. Let's hear it for yellow!

Ms. Becky said...

I had a comment in mind and then I read Sandy's comment and I changed my mind about writing it. she said it so well - there's nothing to add really. but one thing I realized from this buzzing stone of yours today. there are some yellow flowers I like, mullein being one of them. one summer I walked the railroad tracks that went through town, looking to collect the flowers for making a medicinal oil. mullein flower oil is an amazing earache remedy. it's a fond memory I have of that day.
I guess my brain buzzed a little bit like a bee, recalling that. thanks Noni.

Carver said...

I love seeing bees buzzing around the flowers.

jabblog said...

It's such a worry that the bees are suffering viruses and whole colonies are dying. If we lose the bees we lose life.

J. Kwiatkowski-Schuler said...

Bees and bats are suffering. It's very troubling. We have enough stink bugs, though.

Roan said...

I love your quote. Works well with these beautiful yellow flowers. I love the addition of the wonderouse flying creatures. Lovely post.

Daryl said...

Send some of those beekeepers here to NYC .. The High Line, Central Park AND Riverside Park have more than enough bees to share some ...

Donna said...

Love the photos Noni!!
You always catch such Pretty Shots!!
hughugs

EG Wow said...

It's so sad that bee colonies are still struggling! When will humans wake up?

Denise said...

Beautiful photos! I was at a garden this weekend where scattered throughout there were several bee-houses made especially to encourage the bees. There were plenty of them around I am happy to say.

Art said...

Beautiful pictures

Pietro said...

Lovely images of the bright yellow flower!