There doesn’t seem to be a lack of bees this spring based on the amount I see as I’m trying to snap photos of the spring blooming bulbs. They finally (week of 4-8-13) began to put on a good show here at Crabtree Gardens in USDA Zone 5 (at least the ones that the rabbits allowed me to have).
In early March, I was searching for some photos for an article that I was writing for Pennsylvania Gardener Magazine. I realized that I had really poor quality spring bulb shots from my retired camera, so I have been anxiously anticipating their blooms this year for my photo library. I’m overjoyed that I was able to get bonus photos of numerous bees clamoring for the fresh pollen so early. Of course unseasonably warm temps in the 70’s this week are making everything open at once.
I had a hard time not getting the bees in the photos as I tried to focus the lens. I worried that I was too close and would end up with sting, but they seemed to be really content and not bothered by me shoving the lens at them. That only made me want to get more.
Seeing nature through a camera lens actually taught me to look closer and to just observe, because you never know what you’ll find.
We often walk past a colorful grouping of flowers and enjoy their beauty but seldom do we take the time to just observe their intricacies. We don’t often get up close with them.
It’s spring and as you are hurriedly running around trying to get all of those chores completed, remind yourself to slow down and just observe and breathe in the warm air that we’ve waited so long to smell and take in those beautiful purple, whites and yellows that are dotted around the garden. Learn to appreciate the minutiae of nature.
I found a lot of JOY seeing the bees this week and even more having had an article about pollinators appear in Pennsylvania Gardener Magazine. Now I’m off to help the monarchs by purchasing some milkweed seed to distribute to the class for our Milkweed Walk in June and then I’m going to get some photos of the different daffodils that are opening. I don’t even remember planting them!
I hope you have something nature inspired to do today, even if you just walk around outside for a while and clear your mind – close your eyes and breathe.