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The Nature of Things

There was a bee swarm in a tree in my yard the other day.  I always thought that a swarm meant that they were moving around.  But this one was as big as a basketball, and all the bees were clinging to each other as they hung from the tree. I found out that sometimes as they are migrating, the queen cannot fly as far and needs to stop and rest. All the bees stop with her, and after resting for a day, they fly off.  In this case it was just a few hours, and they were gone.  I wasn’t outside, so I didn’t get to see them all depart.  The tree was in the shade, and the bees were too far up to get a photo, but I found a picture to show you what it looked like.  Nature taking its course.

A couple additional nature photos from mine and my neighbor’s yard.

In keeping with a rose theme, I made some rubbings with colored pencils from a vintage embroidered rose I had. This is in participation with Mullerin Art blog.  First the embroidery.

Rubbings.

Here is an appliqué I did a while back. I posted this before, but I couldn’t resist posting it again (since they are roses).

A box cover.

Someone brought this guy to the animal shelter a few days ago when I was volunteering.  It was decided that the Marsh by my house would be a good home for him.  There was a lot less water than the last time I visited, just a short time ago. All the green in the photo was covered with water then.  The geese were gone, but I saw a few ducks to keep him company, gliding through the remaining water.

His feathers were long and very soft brown.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Enjoy your week.