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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The birds and the bees...and the butterflys...

This morning, out in the garden, the world is a-buzz.
The bees are so happy to have the warmth.
No wonder someone once capped the term
"Busy as a bee".
Trying to catch one still enough to take a photo is quite the challenge.
Especially when they are diving in and out of foxgloves!
Can you imagine the view inside that flower?
Not that the bee is paying attention to that...too busy collecting pollen.
...but, hey...maybe they do notice the beauty...I'd like to think so.
Some early mornings I find a big bumble bee asleep on a flower.
Maybe they were so drunk on nectar and the loveliness of the flower
that they decided just to curl up and have a nap.
As I was watching the bees, I noticed a tiny movement on the flower.
This is like one of those 'find the hidden image in the picture' games...
Do you see her?
Blending right in with the colours...
Isn't nature fantastic?!
A bug that I've never seen before was also visiting the foxgloves...
How pretty is that golden beetle?
The honeybees from the hives are also crazy busy collecting food for honey production...
I hadn't seen many butterfly's this year but the weather being what it has been, 
I wouldn't want to risk my weightless, fragile body, floating around in all the cold and rain either.
But this morning they were out as well...
If you have high blood pressure or stress, just sit and watch a swallow tail.
Guaranteed to calm you right down...
And the birds!
Oh the symphony of song in the early part of the day!
The dawn chorus.
It always starts with the robins.
I call them the hardest working birds in showbiz.
First ones up and last ones in.
This morning I caught this one having a bath...

I was lucky enough to see one of the most handsome birds as well...
The cedar waxwing.
So dashing in his velvet coat and black mask!
And so I've spent another few hours day dreaming in the garden when I should be
out there weeding and pruning...oh well...there's always tomorrow.


gz said...

not dreaming. Being Aware

the wild magnolia said...
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the wild magnolia said...

An especially happy woodland wander, and wonders today. My wander, via your blog.

Amazing photos!

Thank you, for sharing.

farmlady said...

Summer is the time for sitting and watching closely what our garden friends are doing. I love the bees and their busy-ness.
That transparent spider is amazing and beautiful. The butterflies and the bumblebees are all so wonderful to watch.
Early in the morning, I find bumblebees sleeping in flowers too. They are so sleepy that I can touch them without disturbing them.
I try to water quietly so I don't wake them up.
Lovely post and pictures.

Kath said...

Kerry your photography is superb, I do enjoy the countryside and animals that you show, especially labradoodle pics :-D
Just lovely.

Ken Christison said...

Thanks for taking us along on your stroll through the flowers. Love the tiger swallowtail and cedar waxwing.

Mary said...

What a wonderful post! Your photography is so splendid. I have so many of your posts to catch up on as i'm a fairly recent follower. I love to look at a couple a day and just savor them. I've adored robins since i was a child in New England. First bird of Springtime for us there. The cedar waxwing is magnificent. And i spy the lovely white spider in the foxglove! I love spiders too, and love to watch them at work as much as i love to observe the bees doing their delicious day jobs. :) Your blog always leaves me with happy sighs...

Jacquie said...

We like to photograph the same things. I sometimes take dozens of pictures and I've only moved a few inches. So much life! We walk by so much life, so many stories... Amazing what you can see. I've seen that sparkly green bug before but the spider's coloring and the blossom it's nestled in... Just glorious!

P.S. In case you're wondering, I'm an Apifera fan. She mentioned your blog and so I'm reading it from the beginning. That's why I'm responding to older postings.