Bees Foraging Flowers

Bee sipping honeysuckle
Sipping honeysuckle

Bee on echinacea
Bees on scabious flower
Bee on a toad lily (Tricyrtis)
Tricyrtis (toad lily)
Helenium and bees

Shared for Becky’s Square Perspectives. I was thinking these are bee’s eye views, but of course they are not: they’re my perspective of their perspective. I’m adding a landscape picture too:

Bees pollinating heleniums

Our library re-opened yesterday, on limited hours. To celebrate, I have requested six books from my To Read list. We have to pick them up in a timed slot, I think, and perhaps leave them for a few days before reading if we’re being cautious. As they are mainly about the natural world, I’ll list them:

Thor Hanson Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees
Peter Wohlleben The Hidden Life of Trees
Richard Powers The Overstory
John Lewis-Stempel The Secret Life of the Owl

I’d have preferred Jean Vernon’s new book about bees as I’ve met her several times at shows and events and she’s lovely, but that wasn’t available so, for now, I’ve requested Thor Hanson’s book, which I’m sure will be well worth reading.

I believe we have to use libraries if we want to keep the service open, and as my home town is heading uncomfortably in the direction of Leicester on the list of places affected by Covid-19, a nicely stocked book pile will offer comfort if we slide back into lockdown. I hope wherever you are, you’re doing rather better than we are!

47 Replies to “Bees Foraging Flowers”

  1. Wonderful images! I love the yellow scabious and evidently the bees do too. 🙂

  2. Lovely bee photos – I love the hum of bees while I work in the garden.
    I’m sorry to hear that Covid has taken hold of your area. As you have probably read, the US has some states fairing better than others (so glad I do not live in FL). Lucky for me, our state is among the top-ranked, distancing and masks are mandated and that seems to be key.
    Wishing you the best – enjoy your books. I LOVED The Hidden Life of Trees.

    1. I’m glad you’d recommend it. That’s the one I’m hoping to read first. I’m glad your state is doing so well. They have just made the rules a bit stricter here and with luck that will help.

  3. Truly Beautiful photographs. I haven’t seen a Bumblebee in decades. Downunder the closest we have to a fluffy bee is known as the Teddy Bear Bee!
    My local library reopened and the books aren’t checked in for 72 hours and we have to give our name and phone number on entering the premises. Metro Melbourne is back in strict lockdown. I expect is won’t be too long before we’re all there again. Your photographs bring a lot of joy as, of course, it’s mid-winter here!

    1. The Teddy Bear Bee sounded so good you set me off researching. I have had many jars of Australian honey but never imagined your bees were so different to ours. The idea of a bee without a sting sounds good, although you do have other stinging creatures to make up for it!

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