Monday, July 21, 2008

2 Bee........




I've been thinking about the last time I saw bees.

September, 2007.

We used to have heaps of bees, some in the peppercorn tree near the horses, we all got on just fine, horses never bothered the bees and they all shared the water trough.

A gumtree that is up the back paddock, used to have a hive in it every year. Snakes shared it with the bees, and all got along as sweet as could bee.

Now for years, there has been less and less of the little critters.




The dogs and I found this walking along a back road, I sent the dogs off ahead to get away and snuck in for closer pictures.

Very quietly.

Then I ran. :)
Was all fine though, no harm to them, or me and some interesting snaps.

This spider has been living in one of the rain gauges. Sometimes it gets tipped out when I empty the gauge, (ha! not often, not much rain falls), but it makes its way back in.

11 comments:

Carver said...

I love the shots you got of the bees and also the spider. I have a ton of bees that converge on my flowering plants but they ignore me. I would be nervous getting too close to a nest though if I found one.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I so love your photos, and the fact that you honor other life forms with your attention.

I'm also very glad that nobody got stung, neither the dogs or one of my favorite humans.

Barbara Martin said...

The bees were interesting, and the spider creepy. Very different sort that one is from those here. And the road was neat. What kind of trees are those at the sides?

Maithri said...

Spiders scare the BEEJesus out of me ... Get it! lol

Seriously arachnophobia runs in the family....

The bees were very cool...

I love the way you look at the world,

Much love,

M

the walking man said...

Pam what are the bees doing? Building a hive? I've never seen anything quite like that.

meno said...

Bees and spiders scare and fascinate me. Cool!

Jo said...

Pam, those are amazing photos! I'm glad you found some bees. What on earth has been happening to the bees? All over the world, they're disappearing. What would we do without bees?

Donnnnn said...

Colony Collapse Disorder is occurring in North America too.
“Every third bite we consume in our diet is dependent on a honeybee to pollinate that food,” said Zac Browning, vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation.

My wife grew up in the Honey capital of our Province and this is a very scary phenomenon. Hopefully it is a cyclical temporary anomaly but with all of the pesticides out there maybe it is worse than we think.

I remember when the terror of the African 'Killer' Bees first made it up to the USA and there were all of these wild predictions of them attacking people like some sort of plague...but those chubby little docile Bumble Bees were always fun to watch...they seemed so civilized compared to Wasps and Hornets.

A Bee loses there insides when they sting so it is an act of desperation..you need to really piss them off to get them that mad...and let's face it, is there anything in Nature as perfect as Honey..how can it never go bad? We can't even design stuff like that...well junkfood..but nothing that is actually healthy.

Ponygirl said...

Very cool photos.... those bees are wonderful! The spider, on the other hand, I could live without. I, too, am an arachniphobic. The bigger the spider, the louder I yell and the faster I run!

ivan said...

What is killing the bees all over the world?

Pam said...

Bees are wonderful and your photos are fascinating. I'm glad you let the spider just carry on.