June 5, 2012 – Symbiosis

Albert Einstein may or may not have said this  (snopes.com still on the fence but they are leaning to a “no”)  “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more man” but whomever said that (if it wasn’t Einstein)  – it sounded very smart and very ominous.  Now I felt superbad for weedwacking my backyard yesterday.  I destroyed a lot of wildflowers in my garden.  What were those wildflowers thinking anyway, growing in my special section which I called a “garden” didn’t they see the “off limits” sign?!  I sincerely hope that I didn’t inadvertently participated in the willful destruction of human kind (I shudder at the thought of being named the destroyer of the world like Oppenheimer “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”).

Fortunately for me the honey bees seems to really like the lavender (note to self: “do not kill the lavender”) so that fact alone hopefully helps me fall asleep at night.  You can see how much this honeybee really like the lavender flower.  It went all the way in as it if was being swallowed up by the flower.  “Who is eating whom,” the lavender said.

As I was researching something clever to say about this honeybee – I found out that  the average life of a honey bee during the working season is only about six weeks and that during that time it gathered a total 1/10 tsp of honey.  Bees fly the equivalent of more than twice around the world to gather a pound of honey (read abut honeybee trivia here).  Talk about working hard.  I think I just used up tsp of honey for my breakfast while writing this blog.  Ooops!!!!


14 thoughts on “June 5, 2012 – Symbiosis

  1. Great photography. We must keep these bee colonies alive. Don’t feel guilty about wild flowers that you decimated. They have a wonderful habit of coming back, exactly where you do not want them.!!! That’s nature for you.
    And yes, please keep the lavender. I love sitting by some and listening to the buzzing of the bees hard at work. thanks also for following my blog.

  2. Okay, I must be in a weird mood. As soon as I saw this I started thinking of captions that had to do with the bee mumbling something unintelligible because he’s stuck fast in the blossom.

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