Wednesday, July 22, 2009

let them bee

I have no qualms about squashing some bugs or relocating spiders. "Bumble" bees are different. They are so inappropriately named. They are not clumsy failures as the name implies, but entomological marvels. I love to watch them work, and I'm happy to let them be. Bzzzzz...
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16 comments:

mommanator said...

cute pic! yesterday my grandson yelled to me, Gramma come quick I see a really cute bee, look at it, it is so small. It looked as though it was a baby, and it was cute!
and hey hows the new grandbaby!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: Beautiful capture of the bee in flight, great job.

nancy said...

i think they are cute

Craver Vii said...

I'm afraid I don't have any new grandson updates for the present, Mommanator. Maybe soon.

A tiny bee, eh? I wonder what it looked like. They are fun to watch, aren't they?

Sometimes I look at my pictures Fishing Guy, and say, "Oh well; it's only a 2.1 megapixel camera I'm working with." Other times, like for these last two shots, I savor the moment, and thank the Lord for being able to see and enjoy His creation. I am also very thankful for this camera. It has been part of a lot of good times.

They are Nancy; aren't they?

Sharon said...

Amazing shots! btw, I changed my blog address, the new one is sharonpire.blogspot.com :)

Denise said...

These are fantastic captures of the bumble bee. Beautiful photos! Thanks for stopping by my blog. You made me smile with that remark about no flies flying over. You and your Loved Ones have a great weekend.

lime said...

plus they are important pollinators. marvelous pictures. thanks :)

Craver Vii said...

Thank you for the info Sharon. I updated my side bar. And (bowing) thanks for the compliment.

Denise, if you are commanding us to have a great weekend, then we have no choice, but to oblige. ;-) Is it okay if I start having a great weekend after my 9 AM doctor's appointment? They're drawing bl**d and it gives me the shivers just thinking about it.

Four monstrous frog-guards at the north, south, east and west of a pool/fountain would be intimidating for a pesky fly, no?

That's part of why I like them, Lime. All of the sudden, I got an idea! I should un-saturate all the color out of the picture, print it, and (with colored pencils) see what they would look like in fuzzy tie-dye.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Oh, yes...let them buzz. They're great pollinators (which human NEED) plus they will NOT sting you unless they feel totally cornered, After all, if they sting you, they perish.

donsands said...

Honey bees used to be everywhere here in Maryland, but they have died off for some reason unknown.

Nice pics. My fellow worker yesterday was stung 3 times by wasps. Those little varmints needed to "bee" killed I'm afraid to say.

Bumble bees can be an inspiration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y41DykcpgRg

Ted M. Gossard said...

Very nice pics. I remember them hanging out in our gargage as a boy, in Ohio.

Louise said...

These are great photos. I love bumblebees, too. I have several every day on my lavender, but have not gotten quite such good close-ups. Now I am inspired to try again!

Café Chick said...

Wow - it's no mean feat to capture such a detailed photo of a bumble bee like this! I agree that bumble bees are no ordinary bug. Even though I'm not a honey fan, there is something about bumble bees that make me smile.

Shammickite said...

My father used the old time name for bumble bees... drummeldrones.

Craver Vii said...

EG, I wonder if they know that. Do you think they are aware that using their stinger is suicidal? Your bumble bee pic a couple of months ago was absolutely outstanding!!

Sandman, it is argued that the introduction to certain chemicals into our ecosystem is to blame. I wish it was easier to know the right thing to do as it relates to herbicides and pesticides and such.

Fond memories I hope, Ted.

You're such a good photographer Louise, that I am eager to see how your pics turn out.

Welcome Café Chick! Thanks. Yes, bumble bees are good to observe, while others (like yellow jackets) are good to avoid.

Drummeldrones Shammy? That word sounds vaguely familiar. I wonder where I heard it before. That's a fun word.

Brother Greg said...

Little fly on the wall;
with no clothes on at all.....


-Curly Howard