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Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.



Friday, November 7, 2014

Bee-ing There

I can watch bees work flowers for a long time.  A VERY long time.  I'm not sure if that is a tendency towards close observation on my part, or perhaps merely a reflection of my ability to zone out when I choose to?  

Am I communing with nature when I watch the bees?  Am I respecting their industry and their inter-relationships with the seasons and native plants?  Am I joyful to see that some of them remain healthy, a productive part of the pollination process?

Or am I zoning out and simply "being" in the sun and breezes?  Am I watching the bees because in my non-thinking state, their activity keeps catching my otherwise unoccupied eye?  Am I watching them because they are there and they are moving?  Would any other visual activity capture what little of my attention is in play?

I believe the answer to all of the above is "yes!".  A final question that qualifies the ones just posed: Does it matter?  

Answer: Certainly not to the bees!

9 comments:

Tina said...

Those bees are oblivious to us as they go about their important tasks. I love watching them. I wonder how and why they choose what they choose. I do know: color, shape. But still....

Was your bee on Henry Duelberg salvia? They love, love that plant!

Tina said...

Oh, and that photo of the bee--wow! I really have a hard time with those bees. They're too fast for me to catch in a frame. Gold photography star for you!!

TexasDeb said...

Tina: Thank you! I love gold stars!

Yes ma'am - that bee was working the Henry Duelberg salvia, hard. I am so-so happy to have mine in the full sun now (and your passalongs!) so they can bloom and keep my bee friends happy. When my bees friends are happy, I am happy too.

Kris Peterson said...

Great photos! I like watching the bees too - their gentle hum is very soothing.

Debra said...

I dare anyone to not to get into the zone while looking at that: the purple/blue, green and gold are all so perfect. Isn't that what the good life is all about? Agrodulce.

TexasDeb said...

Kris: Before I gardened much I was always slightly uncomfortable around bees. I never quite bought that they had no reason to bother with me. Now I actively enjoy their company and I'm glad I finally wised up.

TexasDeb said...

Debra: Kind words, kind words. You lead by example.

Travis Heights Garden Mama said...

Happy bees doing their thing.. how therapeutic to be present with them! It's gorgeous out there- why not soak it in..

TexasDeb said...

THGM: It is interesting to me how when the bees are at their busiest, their very level of activity is part of what encourages me to stop whatever I'm doing entirely and just watch them instead.