Up close in the garden again


I really like bees. I actually love bees. Many years ago before kids, my husband was busy with activities of a wedding party, and I was left alone with no car. I spent the rainy day leading up to the evening wedding putzing around a motel room in bed alternating between reading, eating Pringles, gummy bears and granola bars, and watching 5-6 hours of a TV marathon of documentaries on bees. It was awesome and I have ever since been fascinated by bees and their society.

The landscaping in front of my house is a mishmash of what was here when we moved in and what we have put in little by little trying to pretty up what was here. It doesn’t have a clean look curb appeal and isn’t great for hanging Christmas lights, but it does a nice job when it comes to attracting bees, dragonflies and butterflies. Today I went out the front door to tell my kids something and got distracted watching the bees and thought I might take some pictures. I am patient enough, but am not a skilled photographer. I love the sport of trying to catch bees (and birds) with the camera before they move on or I scare them, and I love looking through the world through the camera to really focusing on just one thing in time and space. But, I’ve mentioned before with the clouds, my pictures never really come out how I intended or capture how cool the things look to me.

Today I tried to get some bees and knew they pictures wouldn’t turn out National Geographic quality, So I made up a new challenge to take some pictures of baby things in my yard. My middle kid saw me and liked the challenge and helped me search and move rocks.

We decided next time she would take the camera. I love to see what my kids find worth of taking pictures of when they take the camera around. I’m excited to let my middle try out the micro lens and see what she chooses to spend some time focusing on while closing out the rest of time and space.

Here was my late afternoon mediation:

That yellow bubble on the bee’s back leg is pollen he’s collected and stored to bring back to the hive.




Bees’ view:


Baby hydrangea:



Baby spiria:


Baby tomato:


Baby ferns:


Baby (and momma) aphids:


Baby moth:


Baby ants:



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