Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Garden Photo: Bumblebee Nectar


I heard some loud buzzing in the garden and found a large bumblebee, an inch or so long, happily enjoying the nectar on a shrub one flower at a time. He objected when I took my phone and attempted a close up shot. 

He took off in flight, buzzed around the bush and me several times, then flew up over the house and back again in fair warning......all the time politely keeping a safe distance. He did this more than once as I sought the perfect shot. 

Sometimes we have to do the same. Do you agree? We define our territory, and when nobody listens, we make our voice heard. I like the bumblebee's polite and kind, yet persistent approach. I tested his patience and he appeared to give me the benefit of doubt. 

I guess I should be glad I wasn't stung. The bush was also filled with honey bees, but they didn't seem to mind, only my bumblebee friend who clearly was defining his territory. 

15 comments:

  1. That is one big bumblebee. You're right regarding territory-some people pay no attention while others will politely ask you not to be on their grass and still others like the yellow jacket will come right at you and you run:) That is a great picture! Oh and not sure if you saw my A to Z recap but I made the Thimbleberry cake and it was delicious! I made it with raspberries-I took a picture and it is on my blog:)

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  2. I stepped on one of these once in my garden and almost before I could get back into the house my foot was swollen twice it's size. The doctor in the ER told me to avoid these guys like the plague because if I was stung again I could very well have anaphylaxis.

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  3. It's not like you meant any harm. But I guess he didn't know that.

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  4. I was surrounded by bumblebees now I am trying to clear out my garden, They objected to me disturbing ;their' flowers.

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  5. Here's the thing with bees: they really are just trying to go about their business of living. The big bumblers really aren't looking for aggression-- they're out for survival. Hmmm, yes perhaps we are a bit the same way. :)

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  6. I'm always terrified of bees. I'm not so sure which ones sting and which don't when I see them, so I just stay away!

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  7. Bees aren't as bad as snakes, though. They're still rather warm and fuzzy--you anthropomorphized him and made him into a pseudo friend. I don't think you'd do the same with a snake. Still thinking about that snake we saw last night ...

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  8. I love the industry in their sound. It makes me want to get busy doing important things. Glad your persistence paid off and you got your photo.

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  9. Hi human, Sharon,

    Assertion and diplomacy, charm and respect, goes a long ways in this world. I wont be pawdictable and say I got a buzz out of your pawsting. Yep, beehive yourself, Penny :)

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny :)

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  10. Wow, I'd never be brave enough to photograph a bumblebee like that!

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  11. I have photographed a bumblebee before when it was busy on a clover in the yard. It came out amazing. Your shrub is beautiful!

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  12. That's an impressive specimen though I can't say I am a fan of bees. Well done on getting the shot. As for us defining our own territories...of course we do.

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  14. Great pic. Glad you did not get stung!

    M :)

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  15. Very nice photo. I would have been running away as soon as I heard the buzz. :-)
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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