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Friday, April 17, 2015

Caught in Midair

What is the most typical pose for a bee on the Weigela?

Is it dead center in the middle of the flower with its wings spread out?

Is it more typical for them to be up in the air and about to land on a blossom?

Or is it with its rear end toward the camera and its head inside the flower?

Or is this a more typical view?

Whichever way we look at the bee, it presents a different side to us.

Or do they hang around like this?

Or is it more often found in midair, in a holding pattern, waiting for a landing?

The days of the Weigela blossoms are numbered, but while they yet bloom, the bees  hovering around them abound. And not just bees. A wasp or two has been sighted.

They look much like bees, but their silhouette is not as plump.

Meanwhile, by the lagoon, the black ants are not even waiting for the peony blossoms to bloom.

And the backyard the tiny flower heads in the center of the dogwood blossom look about ready to open.

At the end of the day, bumble bees still buzz around the overripe redbud blossoms.

The smaller bees have all moved on the Weigela blossoms, but there are bumble bees that persist by the redbud, even as the sun is about to go down and the sky turns a rich blue.

Only after the sun finally set did the bumble bees disappear from the redbud.

Before I put Bow to bed tonight, I had washed his blanket, and it came out of the dryer very warm.  "Look Bow, your blanket is clean and warm, and it smells good." He sniffed the blanket appreciatively, laid it down on the floor carefully, lay over it, spread his other blanket over his lap, and gestured to me that he was happy, so he wanted to groom my hand.

There's a lot that happens every day, but most of it is not important, except in a momentary sort of significance,  like a bee hovering over a blossom before it can land,


  1. I love the sunset image at the end, which allows me to get a glimpse into your day there.

    1. Thanks, Julia. I do think we have the most amazing sunsets around here, even when they are not so orange, but have muted colors.

  2. Aya, I love your appreciation of the smaller things in life, such as bees and your ability to take notice and stop and smell the weigela blooms. ;)

    1. Thanks, Kathy. Sometimes the little things are what sustains us until the next big thing.