Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sunday Safari

I took my coffee to the deck this morning.
I was thinking about our bug hunt today.
I thought about all the different bugs in my backyard.
I am reading a book called,
"The Birder's Bug Book", by Gilbert Waldbauer
Almost all of the birds eat bugs.

I was thinking and reading when a little bee landed on me!
"Hello, sweet bee!"
Little Bee stayed with me for a very long time.
I wish I knew the language of the bees.

The grasshoppers are growing.
They camouflage well in the grass.
Many of my backyard birds eat them.

The Spring Azure, in her summer dress, nectars on the blooms of the pokeweed.
I have left all that grows wild in my gardens.
The birds love the berries when they ripen.
I read that the tiny Metalmark butterflies nectar on weed blooms.
I have never seen a Metalmark. I am leaving more "weeds" in the gardens.
I would love for the Metalmarks to come and be comfortable.

The female Dragonfly likes to perch on the spent stems of the day lilies.
I can clean them up in the autumn.
Having water in my gardens means I have Dragonflies.
Having habitat for the birds is also habitat for the bugs.
I am going back outside.
I will sit quietly with my book.
Maybe Little Bee will come.
I would love to hear the adventures of Little Bee!


ChrisND said...

Such a great post...I like Little Bee! Your stripped dragonfly looks like one I saw here today -- but couldn't photograph.

I hope you enjoy your time outside today...I often take books out to read in the garden, but I don't get very far before I put it down to observe something crawling, flying, or buzzing.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh little bee
alight on my knee
tell me a story
about being free.

Like the rector
or the lector
tell me which flower
has the greatest nectar.

Anonymous said...

The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee, a clover,
anytime, to him, is aristocracy.
- Emily Dickinson

Wonderful post..

Q said...

Dear Chris,
Such a sweet little bee, She crawled around on my leg and foot for at least a half an hour. She rested too.
I like the different Dragonflies in the backyard. I cannot find this one in my book. I need better books.
I also end up with my book in my lap as I watch the bugs and the birds.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
Thank you for poem!
I bet Little Bee has all sorts of flower stories she could tell.
So very fun.

Wendy said...

I loved your Azure butterfly. Such beautiful wings. July is my favourite month. We can watch so many little creatures on a warm summer day.

Q said...

Dear Gisela,
Oh yes, the clover is a favorite!
Good to see you.
Hope you are having a great summer.
I shall pop over and catch up.

Q said...

Dear Wendy,
I love July for her bugs too. Many butterflies and Dragonflies are out now! The azure is tiny and so pretty. I hope sometime this summer to be able to see and photpgraph a metalmark. They are tiny like azures too.

Anonymous said...

You lucky that bee didn't decide to sting you. Great photos too.

Mary said...

Lisa always has a wonderful poem to share. She's a poet!

Bees do smile, you know (if they like you).

Q said...

Dear Cathy,
Little Bee would never sting me!
Little Bee is my friend.
Little Bee came to my leg.
Little Bee was looking for a quiet place to rest.
Being a bee is hard work.

Mel said...

What a great post!!
Those pictures are so beautiful! I'm always amazed by the beauty around you, and the way you let us see it through your eyes/lenses.
Lovely post, Sherry :)

Cheryl said...

How beautiful Sherry.....and little bee, how sweet he came...but he knew it was Sherry's arm that he rested on....he was safe with this sweet lady....

A lovely safari kindred spirit....thank you.....

meggie said...

I could not risk the bee! I am allergic, & could die if one stings me.
Your bug photographs are so beautiful & detailed! Incredible. I like to think that weeds also serve a purpose in our lives, & ecology!

PAT said...

Good morning, Sherry! Incredible photos, as always!

Like Meggie, I can't risk a bee sting. But I enjoy seeing them and understand how important they are.

Have a wonderful week!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely cricket photo. It blends in perfectly with the grass.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
Lisa is a wonderful poet.
I like to think Little Bee was smiling. I did not have any special treats on me either. Cheryl told me one could tell their troubles to the bees. I did not have any troubles to share but did enjoy the feeling of bee feet and bee wings.
I feel as if I was kissed by Little Bee.

Q said...

Dear Mel,
I am so glad you enjoy Sunday Bug Safari!
It is a buggy time of year too.
I keep thinking I will do one bug and lots of info about bug, Cheryl did that and I loved it. I love learning about nature. This week I was so excited Little Bee came to rest that I forgot all about the big hunt. I decided on the regular bugs for this post.
I see Little Bee now every time I go outside!
I have a bee friend.

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
When Little Bee was resting on me, I thought of you. I thought of all the bees in your gardens. I thought of our connection, our love of the bees and the bugs!
I look forward to "bug hunt" every Sunday with you.

Q said...

Dear Meggie,
One of my friends is very allergic to bee stings too. One time I took her to the ER after she was stung. She too could die. Do you carry some sort of ant-sting medication?
I have told her the bees at my house will not harm her! I hope I am right. When she comes over we watch the butterflies and the birds from inside the house.
I have noticed the deer are eating the weeds and leaving my tomatoes alone! Weeds are good.

Q said...

Dear Pat,
Thank you. Do be careful when you are outside! I understand how scarey bees can be if you are allergic.
I have been stung a couple of times. My husband accidently unearthed a bee hive when he moved some old logs. We both were stung!

Q said...

Hi Scienceguy 288!
I have been reading lots about the coloring of the bugs and the birds.
Some camouflage so well that they blend right in. Movement is the only way I can see some of them.