around saylorville & big creek - shari miller photography

small, but not insignificant

A bee hive had been hanging from a tree above a gravel road that leads down to the lake not far from my home. This hive has been a subject of fascination for me ever since. Earlier this week, I noticed that the hive was gone. It had fallen (hopefully not cut down?) and been flattened by vehicles driving over it, and I wondered where all the bees might have gone. Two nights ago, I went down that same road again, and there was one still-living, still-thriving, and vibrant thistle plant where I saw 2-3 dozen of these gorgeous, pollinating creatures that are said to be responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Doing what they do for the preservation of their species - and ours.

October 15, 2015

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