Friday, May 29, 2015

The Humble Bumble



Flitting hither and fro from tempting blossom to seductive flower the humble bumblebee seems always on a mission…



Guided by some internal instinct which we can not comprehend she makes the rounds tirelessly gathering nectar from all that will give…




So ravenous is her appetite for the golden dew she can tunnel into the base of the flower bypassing the pistols and stamens to quench her desire. Harmless in nature although they can sting their captivating yellow and black hairy bodies have given them the honour of  appearing in Beatrix Potter’s ‘The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse’ as Bubbity Bumble in 1910 and a reference in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’…
They are indeed enjoyable to watch and amazing on their endless quest for sweet nectar.

Enjoy the weekend…





*pictures by my daughter Jackie, Calgary, AB

16 comments:

  1. Isn't it exciting to see the bumblebees come back in spring? I saw my first one last week, bobbing and bumbling through a patch of wild clover that had just begun to bloom.

    Lovely post! I hope spring is treating you well - I hear from my Buffalo niece that you're having storms there too lately.... :)

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  2. Yes, "Busy as a bee..." Great post.

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  3. Sweet, and such beautiful pictures. Love those fuzzy bumblebees.

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  4. I love them too, I love the furry chunkyness of them, especially covered in pollen..beautiful post Susan xxxxx

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  5. Beautiful images. I am very fond of the humble bumble bee.

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  6. Your photographs are lovely, and I'm hoping that warmer weather is on it's way so I too can enjoy these wonderful little creatures.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Susan!
    xo,
    Lin

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  7. Lovely photos. I plant lots of bee friendly flowers in my garden to try and entice the bumblebees. It's like spring has arrived when I see the first one.

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  8. The garden wouldn't be the same without them buzzing about.

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  9. I am swooning over the beautiful photos! I find bumble bees intriguing and unique. Although I don't want to get that close to them and get stung, doesn't their bodies look like they dressed in velvet? Is your daughter a professional photographer? Stunning, simply stunning.
    xo,
    Vera

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    1. Thanks Vera. My daughter is not a professional but she seems to have a knack for just the right shot.

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  10. Love them. Your photos are stunning! I'm reading 'The Bees' at the moment. It was shortlisted for this years's Baileys Women's Fiction prize. It's set in a beehive. Well worth a read. Ros

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    1. Thanks Ros it is on my Summer reading list...

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  11. What beautiful photos you have captured here! And oh how very true about this amazing creature! I watched one fly back and forth from flower to flower tonight in my garden and it brought me great joy! What a great blog you have...I look forward to following along with you! Nicole xo

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  12. I really like your pictures – they show the bumblebee doing her job so well. I like to hear the buzz of the bumble bee when I am in the yard – they truly belong there.

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  13. Fantastic pictures. So vivid and full of live!!! Yes - we love the warmer days!
    All my best to you
    Elisabeth

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  14. Wonderful captures Susan! The bumblebee is indeed a busy one and there are so many here in the garden. I enjoy the hum as I work along.
    I so hope you are well and enjoying a beautiful summer there.
    sending hugs from here...

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