Sunday, July 17, 2011
What the bee sees
The other day I took a walk with Callie along the road by our Saturna cabin. We wanted to take a look at the gorgeous fox gloves blooming there. They are late this year and that's good because I got to take some photos of them in their prime. I love these flowers, not just for their poetic name, but also for the way they beautify the woods and roadsides with their tall flowering stalks.
But yesterday I saw this common flower in a different way. We had just seen seen a movie about the honey bees with stunning closeups of the bees crawling right inside the flowers. The photo below shows how the fox glove looks to the bee. Enticing, no?
It looks like a tiny orchid even.
The documentary is called The Queen of the Sun, what the bees are telling us, and it looks at the collapse of the honey bee colonies caused by pesticide use and other issues. But it's also a hopeful and inspiring look at the way people around the world are getting together to address the problem.
Here's a link to a page on the website: Ten things you can do to help the bees Did you know, for example, that bees are thirsty and benefit from a dish of water placed in the garden?