Silent Sunday

Allium with bees

Allium with bees


“Handle a book as a bee does a flower,

extract its sweetness but do not damage it.”

John Muir


June 7, 2015  Yorktown 099~

“One can no more approach people without love

than one can approach bees without care.

Such is the quality of bees…”

Leo Tolstoy


June 7, 2015  Yorktown 094


Woodland Gnome 2015

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6 responses to “Silent Sunday

  1. Reblogged this on The Girls of Morningside and commented:
    What a wonderful way to spend a hot summer day: Watching the bees as they flit from one bloom to another, busily acquiring nectar and pollen for their nestmates . . .

  2. As a lover of both books and bees, I really appreciated the quote you included from John Muir. What is the flower in the first picture? And is the flower in the last picture a daisy fleabane, or relative?

    • Dear Ed and Marianne,

      Thank you so much for reblogging my post about bees. We share a love for these fascinating little guys, and for books! I loved the Muir quote, as well. Wish I had known it to share with my students back when I was lending out books to them 😉 These photos were taken on the bank of a pond along the Colonial Parkway. The purple flowers are a variety of Allium which grows wild all along the Parkway near Yorktown. They are called, “Yorktown Onions, and here is a video of them waving in the breeze:
      You find fields of hundreds of them growing randomly by the roadside, and I think they are beautiful. The last photo is still wildflowers, and I know that Achillea millefolium, or Yarrow, is the name of the larger, clustered flower. I just call the smaller ones ‘wild daisies,’ but I believe ‘fleabane’ is an accurate name for them. Thank you for visiting, and best wishes to you and your ‘girls’ – WG

  3. A lovely ‘bee’ post. Bees are such special creatures – I wish everyone appreciated how much we really need them too.

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