Busy as a Bumble Bee . . .

bees
How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower.
– Isaac Watts, Against Idleness

Summer is starting to wind down, but that is when the animals really get to work … all are very busy in the woods. Some are gathering and preparing for the cold winter, some are socializing before their flights to warmer climates, and others are just plain busy living their short lives to the fullest. The bees seem to be one of the busiest … sucking up the nectar on the flowers that are still blooming.

I was lucky enough to spot this extremely fuzzy and colorful bumble bee diligently working on a few thistle flowers the other day (pictured on the left). This bee was quite the gymnast as it hung on to each bloom and worked it’s way to the nectar. The powerful buzz of this bumble bee was what first caught my attention. I have healthy fear of bees, but when I spotted this particular bee, it’s circus bright coloring did not make it look threatening at all. And, it was so busy working, I doubt it even saw me as I watched and took its picture … or maybe it did and put on the acrobatic show just for me?

There are other noticeable workers in the woods. It seems a little bit early, but the squirrels have been knocking down pine cones and stealing all the hazelnuts. The chipmunks were busy eating the last of the raspberries .. filling their cheeks and running for their burrows. We are waiting for the bears to show up and attack the plum bushes and oak trees for their annual Fall feast.

Subtle changes are occurring in the woods, too. There are a few leaves here and there changing color as a reminder to us that Fall will be here soon. The birds are no longer raising their young, some have left us already flying south and others are just beginning to form flocks. In particular, the fields have huge flocks of Canadian geese. And my brother informs me that he has seen young wolves using these flocks to hone their hunting skills. The loons are gathering on the larger lakes and the chickadees are singing and gathering together around the feeders again.

Fall will be here shortly, however, there is a lot of work to be done before it gets here.

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~ by bearyweather on August 25, 2009.

2 Responses to “Busy as a Bumble Bee . . .”

  1. Amazing pictures! You should share your knowledge of how to take a great picture.

    • The amazing ones are lucky .. being in the right place at the right time. A good camera helps.

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